Chris Haney's Passing
June 11, 2016
BENEFITING: ALS IN WONDERLAND Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 15, 2016
“Chris Haney loved life more than anybody I have ever met. He also loved taking care of others and took great pride in being a hard-working, providing, loving and caring man. He was married to his first wife for 20 years and when she was dying with cancer he took leave from his job and stayed by her side taking care of her at home until she passed away. When he told me what all that entailed, it was so sad to hear and I told him I didn't know if I could be that strong. When he was diagnosed with ALS, I found out that I did have the strength to do anything for hime. Love conquers all.” - Saundra Haney
Chris and I were introduced by my daughter, Nikki, who had known Chris for years through his kids. She did a lot for him when his first wife passed including raising money to help them catch up on bills. She loved him very much. Nikki was so, so happy when we started dating and got married a year after we met. We have been together 9 years now and he took care of me through all of my surgeries and illnesses and still managed to keep a roof over our head and provide us with everything we needed. I have 3 kids and he has 3 and he always treated mine like they belonged to him. He is a great father.
He was a mechanic for his entire adult life and he was in two bands over a 20 year period. He had an amazing voice and played the bass, electric guitar and aquatic. He was an awesome musician and he misses it so much! He wrote a beautiful song about us shortly after we met and that was the song I had him sing as my dad walked me down the aisle. Everybody was teary-eyed.
While he was working at CDM, the gas company, his (our) oldest son was murdered in Conway while Chris and I were in Florida on a company paid vacation. I don't think we said one word on the 12 hour drive home. We were heart-broken and just wanted to get home to the family. The company loved Chris so much that they paid in full for the funeral and his bosses flew in from Dallas to show their respect.
Chris was working for CDM still on Feb 11, 2011 when he was rear ended while stopped waiting for a car to turn in front of him. He was in a one ton king cab truck and was thrown out the back glass and a toolbox fell and landed on his face. The van that hit him was going 70 and the driver never hit the breaks due to watching a video on his PHONE!!! That day changed my husband forever. CDM sent him to the ER in Conway and they said he just had a bad concussion and sent us home. He went back to work several times and they continued to send him home until they finally let him go because he wasn't the same. He grew up in Conway and after the wreck he got to where he couldn't even drive in town because he would get lost everywhere we went. We went to multiple doctors and they all focused on his lower back until workman's comp ended with him telling them the whole time it was his neck and head. He went to court 2 years after the wreck and got full disability.
One year after he was given disability, he noticed itching in his arm that was and driving him crazy. A little bit later we could see the twitching in his arm. That's when he diagnosed with ALS. I didn't know what it was, but by half way through the visit I was bawling and Chris was trying to comfort me when it should have been the other way around. He stayed positive and upbeat and promised me that we were still going to grow old together and travel the country roads like always. He never lost his smile and the sparkle in his eyes until about 5 months ago when he became completely paralyzed. Now he is trapped at home and rarely gets out of his bed because he has no way to travel.
RIP. Chris Haney 6.11.16
Love Saundra Haney