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Obituary: Leeon E. Christensen

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SALINA, UTAH <! > - Leeon E. Christensen, age 81, of Salina, died Sunday, July 22, 2001 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City from compli-cations following surgery.

He was born in Koosharem, Utah, a son of Ervin and Juventa Williams Christensen on May 20, 1920. His years growing up were spent learning mechanics and blacksmithing from his father in their shop. Mechanics became his life long career. Hunting and fishing with his friends were favorite past times. He attended schools in Koosharem, Kanosh and Snow College.

Leeon met Virginia Huff at a dance at Fish Lake and they were married on October 22, 1942 in Evanston, Wyoming. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple May 9, 1945. They lived in Koosharem until Leeon was drafted in the service during World War II. After the war, he and Virginia returned to Koosharem where Leeon continued to work in his mechanics shop. Their two daughters, Pam and Marleah were born during this time.

In 1955 the family moved to Salina, Utah, where Leeon worked as a mechanic at Burr Motors. In 1965, Leeon began attending school at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. This evolved into a full time position as an Associate Professor of Mechanics at the college. Leeon found great satisfaction in teaching and working with his students. He completed his career at the college, retiring after 21 years of teaching.

Leeon devoted many hours to community service, giving of his time to his church, where he served in the Salina Third Ward Bishopric for 13 years, the Lions Club, the American Legion, and in one of his proudest achievements, as a volunteer fireman for the city of Salina for 41 years.

He loved to fish and garden, to make and repair objects, and most all, to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. During his last years, Leeon spent countless hours helping Virginia as she battled poor health. He will be remembered for his example of honesty, hard work, service, patriotism and devotion to family.

He is survived by his daughters: Pam (Lee) Jeffs of Castle Dale; MarLeah (Gaylan) Holdaway of Boise, ID; 12 grandchildren; five great-grand-children; sister: LaVee (Rufus) Hatch of Koosharem. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Virginia, on November 13, 1998.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 11a.m. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the stake center, Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services. Burial with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post will be in the Salina Pioneer Cemetery.