Grant M. Christensen, 82, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on July 24, 2001. We commend him for his noble, year-long battle with brain cancer.
He was born on Feb. 24, 1919 to Martin and Louisa Mauss Christensen in Murray, later attended the University of Utah. He grad-uated from the California School of Embalming in 1940. He served as a Naval Aviator in World War II. He flew PBY's, PV1's and B-25's in the South Pacific. Married Marjorie Ryberg in 1943, later divorced. Married Marilyn Rushmore in 1962, later divorced.
Grant was a well-known figure in Salt Lake City business circles. He was the owner of the Broadway and the Ramp parking facilities. He was a stock broker at Parker, Jackson, and Mann. He distinguished himself with his expertise in the field of investments throughout his business career. He worked as a sales representative with Lynx Products and was appointed Vice President of Valiant Products. Among Grant's greatest gifts was his sharp wit, his disarming sense of humor. He loved to lift people by making them laugh. But behind all the hilarity was a person with a message of substance backed with profound wisdom. He possessed a photographic memory with a magnificent grasp of history and sage quotations.
Prior to his death, Grant was honored by Governor Leavitt in a special ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda as a recipient of the "Points of Light Award." This award publicly acknowledged his undying commitment to education, his unrelenting service to young people through his philanthropy and administration with the Granite Education Foundation, where he served as Scholarship Chairman, and for various other scholarships for higher education he provided for disadvantaged youth. In June 2000, he was also honored as the Volunteer of the Year by the Utah Public Schools Association.
Grant had been a member of the Salt Lake Country Club and Hidden Valley Country Club. He enjoyed competing at golf and with his partner and friend, Bill Roderick, won many a best-ball tournament. He enjoyed boating with his family on Lake Powell and Lake Mead. He was an accomplished private pilot and traveled extensively.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Loran and J. Rulon and his sister Maurine. He is survived by his brothers Elmer, Harold, Owen and Morriss, and sisters Vila and Lois; daughters Karin (Richard) Paul, Marty (Raymond) Malheiro (Salt Lake City), and Jori (Jim) Oswald (Centerville); 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His family was his crown jewel and he its anchor and icon.
The family expresses their love and admiration to the staff of St. Joseph Villa Care Center, Caresource hospice, and to Nedra Blumenthal, his loving companion of 32 years.
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 31st, at 1 p.m. in the St. Joseph Villa Chapel (1940 So. 5th East, Salt Lake City). In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Granite Education Foundation, C/O Scott Whipple, 382 East 3605 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84115.