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It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone
A part of us went with you
The day god took you home
A million times we've missed you,
A million times we've cried
If love could have saved you,
You never would have died.
I'd like the memory of me, to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of Happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Chris was a bright star in our sport, he is now a bright star in our hearts and our Heavens. May our prayers be with you always.
Cannell Brothers Raceworks
I knew Trickle 11 years. He was my brother Calvin's best friend and another brother to me. I was devastated at the lose of such a remarkable person. When my family thinks of Chris we are reminded of great times. He spent a lot of time at our house and he had the most amazing smile and he was always quick to laugh. He was my brothers best man and my brother spoke at his funeral. I have never suffered a loss that has been this difficult. I love you Trickle....I am so sorry Barb, Chuck and Jen.
I want to thank you for the times we shared together at the hospitals here in Las Vegas and in California. It has been an honor to get to know all of you and pray with you regarding Chris. Chris blessed my heart so many times as we spoke to him in the hospitals and told him how Donovan was doing in school. Chris touched the lives of so many of the children he came in contact with. He knew how to reach out to them and cheer them up. Please remember the beautiful cards and pictures the children made for Chris. Pick them up in the lonely times and allow them to bring some comfort.
You are in my prayers and I think of you often. Some day we will be walking down those streets of gold talking with Chris again.
To the Trickle Family, I had a chance to meet chris a few times while he was racing, my brother raced with Chris ( Bob Lyon) and I want to send my condolences to Mr. And Mrs. Trickle. I was living in Vegas at the time of the shooting and it was a terrible thing to happen to such a nice person as Chris.. But we know that he is in a better place and I prayed for his recovery all the way up until he passed, he will be missed tremendously...
As a native of Las Vegas, the name of the Trickle family is household to us. Being a huge racefan, and in the past few years building a small race team, we have had the extreme pleasure of meeting and watching Chris do what he did best...race. Chris was a great crowd pleaser at his local track and always took time before and after the race to meet and enjoy his many fans. Where ever the large crowd was in the pits you knew that in the middle of that crowd was Chris and his father signing, shaking hands, laughing and smiling making each fan feel special.
I had the honor of working for Chuck Trickle many years ago and was at one of Chris' birthday parties. His spirit then was contagious and will be for years to come. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will not be as warm and bright without Chris there but the drivers out there all hold a piece of Chris in them and we will carry him with us to every race. Chris is in a wonderful place now and, I'm sure, turning left with the best of them now having the time of his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara and Chuck along with the gratitude of letting the world get to know such a life force such as Chris.
Michelle & Wilson Watkins
Watkins Racing #48 LLM
To the Trickle family
I really didn't know your son at all. However, the one meeting I did have with him left an indelible impression on me.
At the time I was crew chief of a very small NASCAR Northwest Tour team who literally scraped together every nickel and dime we had to get to the track and we had arrived and were waiting to be let into the track at the Western Nationals 250 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. We saw Chris and crew pull in with what we thought at the time was a pretty fancy rig. Chris walked over and got into line right beside our crew. I guess I was expecting some arrogant rich kid. There were a lot of other crews hanging around that had a lot more than we did. For some reason Chris chose to strike up a conversation with me I'll never forget. We just stood and made conversation about anything and everything, most of it not to do with racing. Being with a crew and team that didn't really seem to feel we belonged as compared to everyone else that was there, Chris really made me feel like we did belong, because in his eyes we were racers and that was all that mattered to him. On the track, he was as intense and competitive as anyone I've ever seen, but away from it he seemed like a great person in the short meeting I had with him. I really wish I had gotten the chance to get to know him better. He was a great racer, and even more important he was a great person who cared about his fellow man.
My thoughts go out to all the family, and maybe the thought that Chris has inspired this racer to be a better, more caring, and giving person will tell you that Chris is not really gone at all, but that a piece of Chris can be found in each and every one of us that had the opportunity to get to know him. Even if it was only for a few short moments at one of the many racetracks that Chris brightened while he was there.
Pete Harding Racing
NASCAR Northwest Tour #39
It saddens me that life is so short for those who make the world better. Chris was an asset to our world, the racing world, both on and off the track. The taking of his life must be weighing heavy on the mind of the person who held that gun, randomly aiming, not knowing or caring the end result would be taking a life. We will all grow from Chris' strength, and the strength of his family and Jen. I admire you and wish you well in life without him. He will be missed.
I am late in joining the ranks of being a race fan. The first thing I learned was about Chris and the drive-by shooting. My prayers are with you. It is hard to lose your child. I know for my son lost two daughters; ages 8 yrs. and 20 mo. Especially, when it is an act of violence. My daughter-in-law, the mother of the two girls that were killed lost her brother under mysterious conditions. He was run over by a train but they feel he was dead beforehand. Being native Alaskan, his death was ignored as they do many of the natives here in Alaska.
My prayers are with you and all your family. The only contact with Dick Trickle we've had was eating at a nearby table several different times in Ontario, CA.
Again, our prayers are with you and your family. I pray that justice will be done. Remember this: Guns don't kill, its the person pulling the trigger. Gun laws do not stop killing. I know it is hard but we must have stricter prison sentences, etc.
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