On February 15, 2018,
we lost a member of the UDBG Family, Chris Stroud. He was a great young man who leaves behind his loving wife Tracey and young daughter Brinley.
I have known Chris for almost as long as I have lived here in Tennessee, and I shot his home-built 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD for a feature and wrote the article more than four years ago. The article ran in only the seventh issue of UDBG, making Chris and his family very proud to see his hard work recognized. He had a great passion for all things diesel and was an excellent source of knowledge for Duramax trucks in particular, helping friends and strangers alike with problems or questions they may have had with their trucks. Chris and his good friend Kyle Tate rescued me at the Beans Diesel Performance sled pull in 2011 when I nearly passed out trackside from an undiagnosed atypical-pneumonia. The two of them helped me to a truck, laid me down on the tailgate and drove me back to my car so I could run the AC and cool down while my wife finished shooting the event. I ended up in the hospital for 9 days less than a week later with major lung surgery and a difficult recovery. Chris always looked out for the other guy; and my wife and I are very glad that he helped us that day!
We will certainly miss seeing his warm smile at events and are reminded of the frailty of life. Be kind to your fellow man and never forget to tell (and show) your friends and family that you love them!
UDBG. Chris’ 2006 GMC was featured in the April/may 2014 issue of