Gordon Merwyn Christensen, age 78, died Sunday morning, February 5, 1995 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born Dec. 20, 1916 in Holden, Utah, son of Leah Bennett and Lorenzo Henry Christensen. He married Alta June Spalding, Dec. 21, 1939, in Manti, Utah. She died April 23, 1989. He then married Eileen Dunyon Christensen, Jan. 12, 1990, Jordan River Temple.Gordon spent his early years in Delta, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music. He held the state high jump record for several years. After graduation he worked for a short time as a Social Services case worker and then took a position as high school music teacher in Meeker, Colorado.

After Pearl Harbor he enlisted as an Air Cadet. After receiving his commission, he was assigned to the Western Flying Training Command, then to the 20th Air Force where he saw combat in Saipan and Guam as squadron leader, Flying B 29's. He was awarded the Unit Citation and the Pacific Theater Ribbon with three battle stars with the rank of Major.

After the service he worked as a heavy equipment salesman for a short time. In 1954 he went into the insurance business where he served for forty years with the New England Company.

Civic duties have included President and District Governor of the Exchange Club, President of the Ambassador Athletic Club, Gyro Club, member Board of Review for Eagle Scouts, Salt Lake Council. Member of Tabernacle Choir, soloist for the Swanee Singers, Stake Choir Director for 10 years, member of many singing groups. Organized a Senior Dance Band, member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Old Time Athletes Association, and Senior Golf Association. He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and held membership in a Riding Club for he loved his horses. He has traveled to many of the countries of the world, and includes music, golf, and horses as his hobbies.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, Salt Lake City; two children, Gordon S. (Sidney-Irene) Christensen, Portland, Oregon; Canda Lynn Patterson, of Salt Lake City. Brothers and sisters, Talmadge (Shirley), St. George; Homer C. (Grace), California; Samuel B. (Norma), Salt Lake City; Mrs. Richard (Mariam) Schmutz, presently serving a mission in Bern, Switzerland; Gay Christian, Colorado; four grandsons, Chris (Nicole), Andy, Jack, and Casey; and great-grandson, Zachary.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, 12 noon, February 9, 1995, at the Cottonwood 12th Ward, 1750 East Spring Lane (5200 South). There will be a viewing Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m., at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and at the ward one hour prior to services. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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