Our best friend, incredible father, sweet grandfather and precious papa, Carole Peter "Pete" Christensen passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2009. Pete was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on Sept. 26, 1920, to Peter Michael and Frances Lewis Christensen.
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The family spent their summers working in West Yellowstone, and winters in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Pete attended school. Pete finished high school in Englewood, Calif., after his parents took jobs with North American Co. building airplanes.
Pete was a decorated corporal in the 2500th Army Air Force Base Unit at Fort MacArthur, Calif.
Pete moved back to West Yellowstone after graduating, where he met and married the love of his life, Arva Pulley. They had two daughters, Tanya and Susan, and moved to Ennis in 1964 where they made their home and lived until Pete retired from Cyprus Industrial Minerals in 1985.
They traveled summers until they settled in Overton, Nev., for the winters. They returned to Ennis each summer where they enjoyed their many friends and favorite pastimes of fishing, hunting and golf. Pete passionately devoted years to the inception and development of Madison Meadows Golf Course and was honored with a lifetime membership which he took full advantage of. They returned to Ennis permanently in 1999, living out the remainder of their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Arva.
Pete is survived by his daughters, Tanya and Susan Christensen; his only grandchild, Melodie (Jake) Johnson; and two amazing great-grandchildren, Lyric and Alee Johnson.
Pete impacted every person he encountered; his selfless, compassionate and honorable demeanor inspires us to carry on. We will miss him desperately, but are rejoicing in his reunion with his beautiful wife.
An afternoon of remembrance will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the McClellan's home, 116 Moores Creek Road, corner of Comely Way and Beaverhead Drive. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Plano Idaho Cemetery; please call (406) 581-7173 for directions.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Madison Valley Medical Center, P.O. Box 397, Ennis, MT 59729.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2009