Christopher Michael Midgyette, 63, passed away peacefully on May 18 at Monte Vista Hills Health Care Center with his partner Mark Neiwirth beside him.
Christopher was born in Marcelline, MO, to Martin T. Midgyett and Norma Hutchinson Midgyett, and his family later settled in Denver, CO. He traveled the world with his father as an “Air Force brat.” Then he graduated from Manuel High School with high honors and attended the University of Colorado as a chemistry major. He went on to live in the San Francisco Bay area where he worked for NASA’s Ames Research Center. At the age of 30 he enlisted in the Navy.
Later he lived in Seattle, WA before moving to Idaho in the late 1990s, working for Power Engineers in Hailey. He moved to Pocatello in 2000 and has worked for the last fifteen years at the Idaho National Laboratory on the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).
Christopher was well known as a singer of many styles, and sang in church choirs since the age of eight. For fourteen years he loved singing with his barbershop quartet, Soundscape, which performed many concerts regionally and competed several times nationally. People have always been in awe of his deep bass voice, and he sang for many years with the Camerata Singers in Pocatello. He could always be found singing karaoke in local lounges.
He loved acting as well, and had parts in several plays and operas in Sun Valley, Idaho Falls and Pocatello. He was a member of the Pocatello First United Methodist Church where he often was the liturgist. He served as the Exalted Ruler of the Pocatello Elks Lodge in 2013-2014.
Christopher loved to cook, and hosted many gourmet dinners in his home, most notably the annual “Feast of the Beast,” a ten-course meal of exotic meats. He was a big man with a big personality and was always the life of the party. He worked hard and lived life to the fullest.
Christopher is preceded in death by his father, Martin T. Midgyett, and two sisters, Jeanette (“Jan”) Midgyett and Robin Kay Lander. He is survived by his mother, Norma J. (Paul) Schrimpsher; a sister, Susan M. Mitchell; four brothers, Martin T. (“Chipper”) Midgyett, Jr., Andrew (Teri) Midgyett, Timothy M. (Bridgette) Midgyett, all of Denver; Dexter A. (Lulabelle) Midgyett of San Angelo, TX, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Christopher’s life will be announced at a later date.
The Christopher M. Midgyette Memorial Music Scholarship Fund has been established through Musicians West, Inc. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Musicians West, PO Box 1142, Pocatello ID 83204, or donate online at www.musicianswest.org. Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories by completed the online condolence tabs.