Occasionally in our lives, we come across someone who, for one reason or another, makes, us feel special, someone who makes us feel important.
Harry `Doc' Christensen had the unique ability to amuse and touch everyone he encountered. From his family, neighbors and friends to the doctors and nurses who cared for him the final days of his life, he never ceased to bring smiles to our faces and make each of us feel as if we were the most important person alive. Doc passed away on April 14, 1997 after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but also by the community to which he gave so much.Doc was born on March 21, 1915 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Birdie Hayes and James C. Christensen. During his childhood his family lived in Utah and Idaho before settling in Culver City, California in 1933. There Doc met, courted and in 1938 married Sibyl Aleen Hill. Together they had two children, James and Lorelie, who were always the primary focus of their lives.
Doc worked for a variety of employers be fore beginning a career at Century Federal Savings and Loan in Santa Monica in 1950. He started as a construction inspector and worked his way up to CEO, a position he held for the final eleven years of his career. He retired from Century in 1976 and two days later moved to Utah to spend the rest of his life with his children and grandchildren.
Doc loved life in all its facets and took pleasure in serving others and pursuing his many hobbies. While in California he served as the president of the Santa Monica Boys Club and the Optimists Club. In Utah he served as a full-time father and grandfather attending sporting events and performances in which his children and grandchildren participated. He also spent countless hours making them laugh and building their character.
Throughout his life, Doc served faithfully in his callings in bishoprics, high councils and also as a temple worker.
Doc was an avid golfer, enjoyed cooking, and made every `project' an adventure. Whether church, work, hobbies, or family were concerned, Harry always gave 110 percent: he truly was a `ball of fire.'
Harry is survived by his spouse, Sibyl Christensen; two children: James (Carole) Christensen, Lorelie (Lou) Andrus; eight grandchildren: Cassie, Tom, Josh, Amy, Sari, Kat, Peter and Emily; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 19 at the Sunset Heights LDS Chapel, 500 South 600 West, Orem. Friends may call at the church beginning at 9:30 am prior to the services. Interment in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.
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