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Obituary: Gunnar Charles Christensen


Gunnar Charles Christensen, age 83, of Fruit Heights, Utah passed away on Monday, March 3, 2003 from cancer.

He was born June 24, 1919 in Esbjerg, Denmark to Peter and Alma Christensen and was the second of nine children. He married Paula Vandborg in 1944 and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1959. They immigrated to the states in 1948 with their first two children. Gunnar and Paula had six children together which were raised in the Orem-Provo area.

Paula passed away in 1983 after which he married Afton Robinson in the Provo Temple and spent the remainder of his time living in Fruit Heights, Utah.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was deeply involved in genealogy and served three missions to Denmark and held many other positions in the Church. He worked at Geneva Steel for 35 years. He loved to work in his yard and was always looking for things to work on. If he didn't know how to do something he would never give up but always find a way to learn how to do it. He loved creating things with his hands and was never afraid to learn new things.

During World War II he was a member of the Danish Resistance.

Gunnar is survived by his wife Afton of Fruit Heights, his brother Hjalmer, sisters Erna of Denmark and Bridgett of Canada; his six children, Finn (Jane) of Orem, Ole of Sandy, Lis (Ken) Larsen of Sandy, Roy of Spanish Fork, Paul of Phoenix, and Jane of Bloomfield, N.M. Gunnar has 23 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Gunnar also is survived by six step children; Karen (Harold) Shaw, K (Carolyn) Robinson, Louise (Wade) Robinson, Parker (Christine) Robinson, Jeff (Kayla) Robinson, and Becky Gourley. Gunnar has 19 step grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Kaysville Utah South Stake Center, 900 South Main, Kaysville. Friends and relatives may call at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main, Kaysville from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. E-mail condolences to the family at