by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Midwestern Roots, California Home

family_king2For the King family, Carlsbad always stood out as the ideal place to raise a family. Chris and Stacy King relocated from New Jersey in 2001 for Chris’s work with Merck & Co. Midwest natives, the Kings have found their home in North County.

The Kings appreciate all 92011 has to offer. “We chose Carlsbad because of its proximity to the beach, school systems, small quaint undeveloped city, weather, and proximity to employment opportunities,” they acknowledged. With a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Chris currently works for PharmAkea Therapeutics, and Stacy has worked in the housing industry and in finance for Johnson & Johnson.

Before starting a family, Chris and Stacy took many opportunities to travel, visiting New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Today, with their two sons, Colin, 10, and Brady, 8, the family continues to travel. “Recently we have begun more frequent traveling around the country to national parks and historic sites,” the couple shared. “We believe it’s important to understand the diversity and beauty of the United States first before we expand the boys’ travel opportunities to other countries.”

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Parents: Stacy and Chris King
Children: Colin (10), Brady (8)
Pets: Six goldfish
Community: Carlsbad
Hometowns: Chris – Topeka, KS; Stacy – Iowa City, IA
Occupations: Chris – scientist; Stacy – local volunteer
Favorite Places in Carlbad: Chase Fields, Ponto Beach, Legoland, Agua Hedionda and Batiquitos Lagoons


family_king4In the community, Chris plays an integral role for Carlsbad Youth Baseball (CYB). A baseball player since childhood, today he serves as the president of CYB. Chris has made great strides working with Carlsbad’s Parks and Recreation Department, growing the organization’s enrollment and partnering with local businesses. The history and relationships surrounding CYB and baseball in the community are very important to Chris. “I talk to so many parents who grew up playing on the same fields and are now volunteers or spectators themselves,” he acknowledged. “I feel tremendous responsibility to carry on the tradition for a memorable, safe, and positive environment for the community’s kids to play baseball.”

family_king5Their sons have also developed a love for the game. They started with CYB, with dad Chris as a coach. Now, Brady plays for the North County Stingers Travel Club, and Colin just completed Bill Kemp’s Umpire School. Off the field, the boys are students at Pacific Rim Elementary School and enjoy soccer, basketball, swimming, surfing, and playing chess and Minecraft.

The King family schedule may best be illustrated by their household pets. The couple explained, “The boys are limited to six goldfish as pets that they won at a CYB fair due to our travel, sports, and volunteer schedules.”