OBITUARY FOR DONALD CHRISTENSEN
Donald Bryant Christensen was born in Box Butte County, Nebraska on November 18, 1926. He grew up on a farm with his parents, Bryan Christensen and Christina (Jensen) Christensen. He had two older sisters, Elvira and Elna and two older brothers, Marvin and Harlan. All have preceded him in death. Don was baptized into the Lutheran Church at Curly, Nebraska March 27, 1927 and was always faithful to his church.
Don started high school in Alliance, Nebraska at the age of twelve. He shared an apartment, did his own cooking and worked at a Five & Dime store. He enlisted in the Army as soon as he was old enough and was a part of the Occupational Army in Japan.
Don married Arlene Brennan on January 5, 1950. They spent several years in Denver; during this time three children were born: Jerry, Tom and Lynda. Work opportunities brought Don and his family to Albuquerque where he became a partner in Coronado Insurance Agency. After many years, Coronado Agency was sold. During this time Don married Mary Horne on December 16, 1983. He later opened his own agency and spent many years there until his retirement.
Don liked to golf, play billiards and cards. Don and Mary like to travel and play golf from the West Coast to the East Coast. He treasured his friendships with his golf and card groups.
He departed this life Friday, January 4, 2019 at Del Webb Hospital at the age of 92. Survivors include his wife, Mary, sons Jerry (Kathy), Tom (Karen) and daughter Lynda (Pat) Magirl, six grandchildren, Shawn (April), Ben (De) Christensen, James, Matt and Jennifer Magirl, Lisa (Brandon) Alfriend and eight great grandchildren. He was also survived by two stepchildren, Renee (Art) Lozano and Rodney Horne. His parents, siblings and one stepdaughter, Toni Horne, preceded him in death. Don was a very loving, devoted father and husband who always put his family first. His friends and family valued and appreciated Don’s adventurous, fun, humorous, caring and generous personality and characteristics. He was, and always will be loved and now deeply missed.