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Obituary: Bruce L. Christensen


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1927 ~ 2004

Bruce L. Christensen, 77, passed away Oct 14, 2004 in Provo, Utah.

Born in Manila, Daggett Co., Utah, September 15, 1927, son of Leonard Erastus and Beulah Eleanor Larsen Christensen.

Bruce was raised in West Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA, and later entered the Navy. When he returned to Utah, he attended BYU, where he met Patricia Kay Bickmore. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1949.

After graduating from BYU, they moved to San Diego, CA, where Bruce started a successful dental laboratory, and the later became President of the Southern California Dental Association. They remained in California for 26 years, where they raised their four children, and also developed life long friendships. In 1976, the family returned to Provo.

Bruce retired in 1994, allowing a dream to be fulfilled, and together he and Pat served a mission. They were called to the South Dakota, Rapid City Mission, where they worked with the Native Americans, whom they had always had a special fondness for. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in various callings, which included several bishoprics. His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren, but all of these passions were surpassed by his love of the Savior, and the gospel.

Bruce was BYU's #1 sports fan. He loved swimming in the ocean, golfing, traveling and in his earlier years he was a star baseball pitcher.

He is survived by his sweet wife Pat, whom he had just celebrated his 55 th

anniversary with; two sons, Kent (MaryAnn) of Provo; Brian (Rita) of Springville; two daughters, Becky (Jack) Angus of Provo; and Shelly (Rick) Norton of Ramona, CA; 15 grandchildren and three great-grand-children. Also survived by a brother David Christensen and a sister, Joyce Christensen.

He was a friend to all, and influenced many lives. He was much admired as a man of great integrity. He was always empathetic to the needs of other.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 18, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., in the Mojave Chapel, 3050 Mojave Lane, Provo. Friends may call Sunday evening, at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, from 6-8 p.m., or Monday morning, at the Ward Chapel, one hour prior to services. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills.