John R. Christiansen, 73, passed away peacefully at home from heart failure on March 16, 2001.
He was born August 17, 1927 in Wales, Utah to ElRay L. and Lewella Rees Christiansen.
He married Lucele Kartchner on September 18, 1951 in the Logan Temple in a ceremony performed by his father.
He attended Logan High School where he participated in sports and other school activities, graduating in 1945.
He served in the Navy V-5 pilot program during World War II. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Eastern States in 1949-1951 after graduating with a BS degree in sociology from Utah State University.
He then received a M.S. degree from USU in 1952. In 1955 he received a Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Prior to joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1957, he was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, where he conducted rural sociological research for the University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
He was always active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions including bishop, high councilor, stake president, patriarch, and sealer in the Provo Temple.
In addition, he and his wife served a mission to Temple Square from 1993 until 1994.
Survivors include: his wife, Lucele, of Provo; four sons-David and his wife, Cindy Kutsko, of Salt Lake City; Steven and his wife, Kathryn Warner, of Salt Lake City; ElRay and his wife, Michelle Williamson, of Kaysville; and Daniel and his wife, Claire Bonnett, of Provo; daughter-Carol and her husband Gordon Pope, of North Salt Lake City; twenty grandchildren; and one sister-Dorthea Murdock of Salt Lake City.
His sister Frances Jean preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12 noon at the Oak Hills Stake Center in Provo at 925 East North Temple Drive.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., at the Oak Hills Stake Center and one hour prior to the funeral services. Interment at East Lawn Memorial Hills at 4800 N. 650 E. in Provo under the direction of Berg Mortuary.