On Friday, May 15, 2020, Cris Caldwell, notable auctioneer and loving father of two children, passed away at the age of 63 from pancreatic cancer.
Cris was born on February 14, 1957 in Upland, California to Tom and Mary Caldwell. He started his auction career at the age of 16 at Maclin Caldwell Auction Company in Chino, CA, selling everything from furniture to horses five days a week. In 1975, he would join the Keeneland Sales Company under his father Tom Caldwell, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of horses during his 45-year tenure. At home in Oregon, Cris was crucial to many farm and charity auctions, always giving back to the community in any way possible.
Cris had a passion for ranching and the western way of life. That passion was instilled in his girls, Alden and Laurel, who continue his legacy as a fourth-generation rancher and budding veterinarian respectively. An avid athlete and dare devil, Cris’ life was full of notorious hunting, skiing and road cycling stories. He is best remembered for his quick wit, booming voice, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Cris is preceeded in death by his father, Tom. He is survived by his mother Mary, two children Alden and Laurel, his brother Scott, sisters Georgeanna and Karen, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
“All through, all done?” – Cris M. Caldwell
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