Irving Christopher Chris Hudlin Jr. ~ Class of 1972

 Irving Christopher Chris Hudlin Jr. ~ Class of 1972

Departed ~ May 22, 2016 ~ Cause unknown



The Hudlins lived in Rishi Court, Soi 15 in apartment 1b. They were good friends of my parents. When my dad did not hear from Mrs Hudlin at Christmas a google search revealed that Chris passed away this past year. He was class of ’72 and he was good friends with my brother Kurt. His sisters Sharon and Colleen were in elementary school in 1970. Debby Stinemetz Caulfield

Obituary Irving Christopher Hudlin Jr.
November 18, 1954 – May 22, 2016

An extraordinary soul left us Sunday May 22. Chris passed away surrounded by the immense love and support of his wife, his children and three closest friends.

Chris was born November 18 1954 to Irving and Thelma Hudlin in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As a military brat Chris was afforded the opportunity to experience many parts of the world, Okinawa Japan and Bangkok Thailand to name a few. These experiences instilled in him a sense of adventure and curiosity that he carried with him his entire life.

As an undergraduate Chris attended Michigan State University obtaining a degree in Biochemistry. He then received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University School of Medicine in 1980. Chris completed his General Surgery residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base. He received the Air Force Achievement Medal. Chris then joined the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in 1988. He also obtained privileges at three other local hospitals.
Widely known as a skilled surgeon and clinician, Chris is remembered by his friends and colleagues as a kind, deeply caring and generous man with a driving passion for helping others by delivering outstanding patient care. Chris loved working with the residents at San Joaquin General Hospital. He took a special interest in each and every one of them. He was a long serving Chief of General Surgery at SJMC and was the Chief of Surgery for the Sutter Gould Medical Group which he joined in 2007. Chris was instrumental in the expansion of SGM in Stockton and a key visionary in the creation of the multispecialty presence. Chris served on countless committees and boards. He spearheaded the Philanthropy initiative for Sutter as well as the Sutter Breast Cancer Support Group.

Everyone that came in contact with Chris knew they were special. He was a man of many talents and gifts who loved life and knew how to live it to the fullest. His positive attitude, sense of humor, beautiful smile and unique laugh were intoxicating. He loved time at home, sipping a fine wine from his cellar and cooking his favorite grilled veggie dish. Chris took every opportunity he could to play golf or tennis, two sports he was passionate about. His last, best adventure was a trip to Italy last fall with his wife and close friends.

Chris is survived by his wife Carol, his children Ryan, Marisa and Brittany, his mother Thelma and his sisters Colleen and Sharon (Pierre). Also by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. He is predeceased by his father Irving.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Chris on Thursday June 2 at 2 pm, Quail Lakes Baptist Church, 1904 Quail Lakes Drive. The officiant will be Chris’ friend, Pastor Glenn R. Shields.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help support disadvantaged youth seeking careers in the medical field: Dr. Christopher Hudlin Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1329 Spanos Court Ste. C-2, Modesto, CA 95355.

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