Ray G. Christensen|
1923 - 2013
Ray G. Christensen, 89, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at his home in the early hours of October 13, 2013. He was born on December 9, 1923 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Oliver Ray and Latuna Gabbitas Christensen. He married his wife of 67 years , Betty Jane Halstead on December 3, 1946.
He signed up and became a U.S. Marine the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served his country proudly throughout World War II.
Ray worked for Mountain Fuel/Questar for 30 years, retiring early in order to travel the U.S. with his wife in their motorhome. He spent many years documenting and photographing the petroglyphs in Barrier Canyon and surrounding areas in Southern Utah.
He loved spending the summers with his family at their cabin on the Provo River teaching his kids to fly fish. Some of his favorite trips were to the Cayman Islands to visit his daughter and her family. One of his favorite hobbies was building and racing dune buggies with his children.
Survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Jill (Brent) Brinkerhoff; son; Ray; daughter-in-law, Carey; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dan (Joan) and Garn (Jackie). Preceded in death by a son, Mark.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, where there will be a viewing Thursday 6-8 p.m., and again Friday one hour prior to services. www.goffmortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 16, 2013