David Horace Christiansen, age 54, has followed his game plan through his earthly life and has returned to live with our Heavenly Father on December 22, 1994, after a year-long battle with a cancerous brain tumor.

David was born to Horace Arthur and Ada Deaun Sudweeks Christiansen on April 26, 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah.He graduated from East High School in 1958 where he gained a tremendous love for athletics, particularly the game of football.

David served a mission for the LDS Church among the Maoris in the New Zealand South mission from 1960 to 1962. He married the girl who lived down around the corner, Mary Kaye Circuit, on July 19, 1963 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they became co-captains of their own team of six children.

David attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in secondary education. His profession led him into teaching and coaching students at North Layton Junior High, Morgan High School, and Morgan Middle School. He wore with great pride the 1993 state football championship ring as well as having wonderful memories of three other state championships. Throughout his career he coached football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and track. He so desired young men to reach their potential for he felt athletics was a tremendous training ground for the game of life.

David unselfishly served as a voluntary EMT with the Morgan ambulance service for several years. He was a high priest in the Morgan 2nd Ward. He served in many positions but particularly loved working with the youth as Young Men's president, stake Young Men's counselor and as a counselor in the bishopric. His testimony has never wavered.

David has left his legacy with his six children: David and wife, Kelly and their children, Aleece and Derek of Morgan; Debbie of Salt Lake; Leslie Heywood and husband, Klint and children, Kyle and Kayli of Morgan; John and MaryAnn of Logan; Michael of Morgan; and Catherine of Morgan. He also has said a temporary goodbye to his mother, Ada; his sister, Joyce Anderson and husband, Malcolm; brother, Don and wife, Delores; and brother, Wayne and his wife, Holly; as well as in-laws, Jeff and Judy Circuit and Boyd and Susan Randall.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 27, at 1 p.m. at the Morgan 2nd Ward, 11 West Young Street. Family and friends may visit with the family prior to the service at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

David, if there's a Mustang Ridge in heaven, I'll meet you there. Love, M.K.

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