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It is with great sadness that California Organics is announcing the passing of founder and CEO Chris Kysar. He peacefully passed away at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital due to complications of COVID-19 on Monday, August 23rd.
We know he meant a great deal to many of you. He was our world and we ask for time to grieve as we process this devastating loss. Please know that his final moments were in the company of his family, with his wife, Lisa, and son Zachary holding his hand and listening to his favorite songs from Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield.
The future of California Organics is as strong as his memory and we will continue with the support of experienced managers and family. He cherished his staff and customers and we will continue in that spirit. We ask that friends, customers, and staff refrain from speculation or politicizing this loss. We want Chris to be remembered for the way he lived; with humor, honesty and boundless generosity.
We know there will be an outpouring of support and wonderful memories of Chris. When we are ready, we will share more details on how to celebrate his life. For now, the best way you can help us get through this is to please focus on being supportive of each other. This is a trying time for everyone and we know we are not the only ones facing hardship.
Please do your part to maintain a respectful and safe community for all in his memory. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Gold Country Senior Services – Meals on Wheels.
Editor’s note: Our sincere condolences to Chris’ family, friends and all the staff at Cal Organics.