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Obituary: Dean Christian Christensen

Dean Christian Christensen 1913 ~ 2007 Dr. Dean Christian Christensen entered mortal life February 25, 1913 in Ephraim, Utah. He was the son of Oscar and Mary Lund Christensen, the third of nine children. Dean passed from mortal life on April 19, 2007 in Orem, Utah, residing in the Provo/Orem area since 1957. He was married to Luella Afton Nielson of Ephraim, Utah on June 1, 1944 in the Manti LDS Temple. They were married during World War II while Dean was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty. Dean attended Ephraim schools, graduating from high school in 1931 and Snow College in 1933 with a two year Normal Degree. He then attended Utah State University, graduating with a B.A. Degree in 1938. He later obtained a Masters' Degree from the University of Utah in 1948, and a PhD in Education administration from the University of Oregon in 1957. He enjoyed teaching music and related subjects in his early teaching years. He later held school administrative positions as Principal of Wellsville Junior High and Principal of the USU Demonstration School (Whittier in Logan, Utah), and served as Superintendent of Schools for the Duchesne County School District in Duchesne Utah. He ended his career working as a faculty member and administrator at Brigham Young University for 21 Years, where he retired in 1978. As a side note, he took his family to Beirut, Lebanon, where he spent the 1962-63 school year on sabbatical leave, where he taught at the American University of Beirut. A lifelong LDS Church member, Dean served in many capacities. Among those were Elder's Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader, 1st Counselor in the Duchesne Stake Presidency, Provo Stake President, Bishop of the Provo 1st and 5th Wards, Director of the Hawaii Temple Visitors Center, and Provo Temple Recommend Desk Attendant for 10 years. Dean was elected to serve two terms in the Utah State Legislature, and one 4-year term in the Utah State Senate. He was also very active in community affairs and will be especially remembered for his active support of the Boy Scouts. During World War II, Dean was a member of the U.S. Marine Air Corps, where he spent three years on active duty in the Extended Pacific Theater of War, culminating with time spent in Japan after the Japanese surrender. He was honorably discharged from the service in June 21, 1946 at Treasure Island Quarters in San Francisco. Dean was a talented musician who loved music, playing the drums, trombone, piano and xylophone. He had a beautiful melodious baritone singing voice and loved to sing in church and at family events. He organized numerous choirs, dance bands, and taught music in public schools. Dean was also a gardener of considerable note, having received an Orem City award for his beautiful yard and flower gardens. While living in Provo he was especially remembered for "irrigating" his entire yard by damming up the ditch in front of his house using rags and newspapers and forcing water onto his yard by flooding not only the street but the sidewalk in order to get water up onto his yard, much to the distress of his neighbors and passersby. Dean and Afton contributed generously to numerous programs; Boy Scouting, Snow College, Utah State University and Brigham Young University and many other charities. He also financially assisted many students to attend school by paying for their tuition and other expenses. Dean and Afton enjoyed a long and happy marriage, filled with wonderful experiences, particularly giving birth and raising five talented children, all who survive Dean: Jed Dean (Kathy) Christensen of Napa, California; Sherrie Ann (Richard) Wiseman of Santa Rosa, California; Kim Neil (Lynette) Christensen of Springville, Utah, Laurie Afton (Alan) Maynes of Price, Utah; and Wendy Kay (David) Frahm of Orem, Utah; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Dean is also survived by his brother Jerry (LaRona) Christensen of West Valley City, Utah; and Kathryn Foulger of Salt Lake City, Utah. His brothers Walt, TreVor, Eugene and Ronald, and sisters Hazel and Pat preceded Dean in death. A motto of Dean's life would surely have been "Love thy neighbor, as thyself." Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sunset Heights 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 400 West 1260 South, Orem. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Tues. evening, from 6-8 p.m., or Wed. morning, at the Ward Chapel, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to