Christopher B. Segovia
El Rio, CA
El Rio suffered an immense loss when Chris, AKA Big Worm, passed away on April 19th, 2018 at the age of 43. He was born and raised in El Rio and lived in the same house on Balboa Street his entire life with his parents, William and Mary Segovia. Chris’ passing came weeks before a yearly fishing trip to Bishop, CA. He had been planning and looking forward to the trip for weeks. A tradition spanning four generations, the Segovia family would spend four days fishing, barbequing and drinking in the little town in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
When he wasn’t fishing, friends and family could find him cruising the streets of El Rio with his father, bugging his niece and nephew or spending time with his cousins and friends. Anyone who knew Chris was immediately drawn to him. He had an informal attitude towards people that resulted in a sense of humor that was at times rude, but always clever. Each day he would call his family and friends, just to check in and pass on whatever gossip he had heard that day.
Through out his life, Chris was troubled by illness. As a kid, he regularly received allergy shots. As an adult, he underwent several surgeries on his ankle. In the last five years of his life, Chris had to receive dialysis treatments three times a week.
Despite his burdens and shortcomings, Chris had a warm and kind heart. Whenever any one of his family or friends found themselves in a time of need, he was the first to help. He would visit the cemetery regularly to leave flowers at his grandparents’ and compadre’s graves. Chris served as his father’s sidekick and best friend, helping him plan his father’s schedule in the passenger seat of his white truck which he called his office. In the evenings, he would call his aunt in Santa Monica to see how she was feeling. Once a week, he would visit his nina.
Chris will always be loved and remembered by his mother and father, sister, Lorena Varela, and brother, William Segovia Jr. Even though he never had children of his own, Chris’ life will be carried on by his nephew, Brian Varela, and his nieces, Vanessa Varela and Makayla Segovia, and his godchildren, Denise, Joey and Justice Tinoco, whom he loved as if they were his own kids. He was preceded in death by all four of his grandparents, several aunts and uncles, his nino, Archie Monzon and his compadre, Joe Tinoco. Most of all, he will be missed by his best friend J.P. and his dog Chevy.
The Segovia Family would like to thank the family and friends who have been there for them during this difficult time. They would also like to thank DaVita Ventura Dialysis for caring for Chris during these last five years. A Rosary will be held at Santa Clara Chapel, in El Rio, on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:30 A.M., followed by a mass at 10 A.M.