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On January 12, 2019, Chris Miranda was called home to be with THE LORD, OUR SAVIOUR, where there is no more death, no more sadness, and where illness does not exist. He is with OUR FATHER, where there is only LOVE and where he is rejoicing in GOD'S Glory. Chris lived a full life; he loved his family and his family adored him.   Those who knew him knew he put his life in extreme danger several times trying to save others.   Some examples are him catching a 200 lb. man, along with his family, as he encouraged them to jump from the second floor of a burning apartment building.  Also, he instinctively dove into the treacherous Tanena River in Alaska to save the life of a mother and her son, as she was struggling to stay afloat, while being swept away by the undertow.


Chris loved to fish and hunt.  While in the Army and stationed in Alaska, he brought home fresh Salmon, Grayling, and Trout, several Moose, Caribou, and one beautiful Buffalo to help feed his growing family.   One Moose was the largest he had ever seen.  He tracked it on a self-guided hunt and had to go into town for reinforcements to pack it out.  He respected the lives of animals and taught his family how to hunt. He had plenty of time to hone in on these skills as he lived in Alaska for about 13 years.


He was a man of all trades. He could transfer the lines from complex architectural drawings into reality. Chris could do it all from plumbing, to electric wiring, marble and stone finishing, concrete work, drywall, taping and texturizing, lay cinder block and stucco, framing and cabinetry work.  His goal was to pass on his knowledge of the trades, work ethic, respect for others and survival skills to his children.   And so, he did, as all of his children can attest.  These skills have proven useful in their lives; for that each one is grateful and honored to call him dad. 


Along with being strong and courageous, he was kind and giving.  He had a huge heart for those in need.  Just one of many examples was a time when he and his family were on their way back to Alaska with days left in their journey, when he drove upon a family on the side of the road.  They were in need of tires to continue on their way which was a long journey as well.  This family wasn’t in a position to provide for tires at that time, and without any intention on payment for replacement, Chris gave them his spares and helped put them on.  The next town was several hours away and without hesitation Chris set back out on the road.  He had faith that the Lord would provide a safe trip for both families.  He lived his entire life that way. Another time on Christmas Eve, Chris found a family stranded on the road and brought them back to his house for dinner. Not only did he and his family open their house, but Chris also had his children share their presents with the other kids. It was a life lesson that each of Chris’ children will always remember.


One aspect of Chris' life that really stood out, was his sense of humor.   If he didn't joke with you and give you a hard time, he wasn't being himself.  He loved to joke and was notorious for the colorful nicknames and words he used to describe his family.   His family cherishes their silly nicknames and how their Dad and Grandpa would make everyone laugh.  He will be greatly missed for that. His family adored his smile and to hear his jokes and laughter. 


He is survived by his greatest success, his loving wife of 68 years, Dora Miranda, and their eight children and spouses:  Yvonne & Sam Henderson, John & Margaret Miranda, Ronald & Linda Miranda, Connie & Michael Lopez, Richard & Elaine Miranda, Stanley Miranda, Frank & Tammy Miranda and Doraine & Harold Messias.  Chris lived to see five generations of children.   He had 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchild and many beloved extended family members.  


He is the son of Santiago and Magdalena Miranda and was the youngest son of 12 brothers and sisters: Sofio, Bences, Andres, Neffie, Jose (Joe), Ysidra, Cecil, Isabelita, Ramona, Elisia and Sanovia (Sobie). He is survived by his loving sister, Elisia Trujillo.  


Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 1:00 P.M. at the Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church.  Services will follow at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Joe Lucero officiating.  Interment will be at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors.  Serving as Casket Bearers will be John Miranda, Ronald Miranda, Richard Miranda, Stanley Miranda, Frank Miranda and Audon Trujillo, Jr.

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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    With deepest sympathy during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    ~ Sarai Casias   Odessa, TX
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Nahum 1:7 which reads: ”Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Mi mas sentido pesame. Perder un ser querido es muy dificile, pero espero que este palabras les da consuelo y la fuerza que necesitan. Puede encontrar palabras reconfortante en Nahúm 1:7, que dice Jehová es bueno, una plaza fuerte en el día de la angustia. Nuestro Dios nos Ama mucho y nos ayuda si le dejamos. (1 Juan 5:14) El también nos asegura que va a resucitar los muerto. (Hechos 24:15) Puede usred enckntrar mas informacion sobre este resurrección en linea a JW.ORG/es
    ~ R&R Lopez