February 28, 1968 - August 14, 2022
Christopher Darrin Beidel (Chris) of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully on August 14, 2022 at the age of 54. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, his devoted friends, and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved him. Funeral Services have been entrusted to North Dallas Funeral Home and services are detailed below.
Chris grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University. Following graduation he joined a Co-Op program with NASA, which took him to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he worked various roles in Human Resources while earning his Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech. He eventually moved to the Washington, DC area where he continued working for NASA, both at the Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters. While in DC he met his partner/husband, Kevin Horan in 2000. The pair later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where Chris was the HR Director for the US Attorney for the State of Arizona, then back to DC, where he returned to NASA supporting the NASA Administrator, and on to Los Angeles, where Chris did independent consulting and volunteer work for organizations like CoachArt, Educate, and others. In 2015, they moved to Dallas where he continued his consulting and volunteer work and established his own consulting practice named Lolana, a Hawaiian term meaning “Soaring like a Hawk”. Chris was passionate about people and wanted to help organizations become world class for their culture.
Chris discovered cruising and international travel with Kevin in his thirties and became a global wanderer with an insatiable thirst for exploration. He was proud to tell anyone that they had completed over 50 cruises – and had his room key from every one. They visited 5 of the 7 continents and he had his eyes set on the last two. They even managed to go around the world in 61 days on a combination of cruises and independent tours.
Chris has now left on his final journey to join his mother, Helen Beidel, in Heaven. He is survived by his loving husband Kevin Horan and their two dogs Paddy and Harp, his father Bill (Jackie) Beidel, his sister Pam (Chad) Knutsen, his nephews Drew and Justin Knutsen, and his mother-in-law Judy Horan.
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Celebration of Life Service
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 12:00pm
North Dallas Funeral Home
2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Tx 75234
All are invited