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6322 El Cajon Blvd.
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Christopher Cortez

Christopher Wade Cortez

Monday, June 9th, 1980 - Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Christopher Wade Cortez of Encinitas, CA, died March 11, 2019, following a courageous fight with bipolar disorder. Born June 9, 1980, in Camp Pendleton, CA, Chris spent most of his childhood in San Diego, CA, and Kaneohe, HI. He attended Punahou School and La Costa Canyon High School before going on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Oceanography and played rugby. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and earned a master’s degree at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Chris could make friends at the drop of a hat. He always went out of his way to include others and make people feel welcome. An adventurous and passionate spirit, Chris loved to laugh, dance, cook, and surf. He built a community wherever his path took him, from San Diego to Annapolis to Rio de Janerio to Oahu—and everywhere in between.

Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Leigh Otey Cortez, of Carlsbad, CA. He is survived by his father, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) Chris Cortez of Carlsbad, CA, and his sister, Gini Cortez, of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins whom he cherished.
A service celebrating Chris’ life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Seagrove Park, 15th St & Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (, or One More Wave ( ). Most of all, Chris would want us to continue his work of breaking down the barriers of mental illness and encouraging people to share with and support one another. In his words, take it “one hand-hold at a time. The smallest gains will breathe wind into your sails.”
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Byron Marchant & USNA AA/FND Staff

Posted at 10:00am
MajGen Cortez & Gina, we are saddened by Chris' passing. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers and we are here for you should you need us.
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John Lawson

Posted at 08:52pm
Cortez family - my deepest, deepest condolences on your loss. Words don't express. Chris, we spoke a week before you left us. You sounded so upbeat, we made plans to grab a bite and surf in the near future. I am going to miss you man... so much. I would have done anything for you. Thank you for coming into my life and sharing your amazing spirit and outlook. Encinitas and the Leucadia community will never be the same without your presence. Rest in Peace, brother.

A Wilder

Posted at 05:17pm
My condolences to the family of Christopher Cortez. Our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah, has given us the wonderful assurance that we can see our loved ones again by means of a resurrection to an earth transformed into a beautiful paradise. (Acts 24:15). We can always rely on the God of comfort to help us endure any trials or obstacles, especially the painful loss of a dead loved one.

John Watret & Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Posted at 02:59pm
Chris, We are so very sorry for your loss and are thinking about you. John Watret and your friends at Embry-Riddle
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Luciano Calixto and family

Posted at 09:58pm
Dear Mr. Cortez and Gini, your son/brother was much more than a friend to me, my wife and our daughter. We will miss him greatly and share your grief
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