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10/18/1915 - 6/12/2013
Walter Christianson was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 18, 1915 to Otto and Marie (Peterson) Christianson; he died on June 12, 2013 in Grass Valley, California at the age of 97.
Walter's family moved to Los Angeles in 1920, eventually settling in Pacific Palisades in 1923. Walt graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica City College and U.C.L.A. In 1940 he married Margaret Barnhisel. They built their home in Pacific Palisades where they raised three children -- Raynor, Meg and David.
Walt had a wonderful career working for 28 years at North American Aviation (later Rockwell International) where he became Director of Property Administration. He retired in 1970. His early retirement enabled him and Margaret to travel extensively throughout the world. In 1985 they moved to Lake of the Pines to be nearer to their children. Following Margaret's death in 2000 he married Patricia Williams in 2001.
Walt was a member of the Higgins Diggins Lions Club and Sons in Retirement (SIRS). He was an avid skier; he also enjoyed golf, fishing and family vacations at Lake Tahoe and Snowmass, Colorado.
Walt was a kind and gentle man whose family always came first. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children: Raynor Christianson (Mary Van Gemert) of Vashon, Wash., David (Linda) Christianson of Sacramento, Calif., and Meg Christianson of Grass Valley, Calif.; stepchildren: Joan Kelly of Chandler, Ariz., and Dana Williams of Hawaii; sisters, Eva Johnson of Green Valley, Ariz., and Joy Morton of Hawthorne, Calif.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Walt was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; parents, Otto and Marie Christianson and sister, Violet Christianson.
A celebration of Walt's life will be held on July 27, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Higgins Lions Community Center, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive, adjacent to Lake of the Pines. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Higgins Diggins Lions Club, Sierra Services for the Blind, Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, or a
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 3, 2013