Richard Drew Christensen, D.D.S.|
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired
1935 - 2013
With deep sadness we say goodbye to Richard Drew Christensen, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He died at home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from complications of the "Emperor of All Maladies," cancer.
R. D. was born in Salt Lake City on April 27, 1935 to Drewie and Maurine Marcella Rich Christensen. He attended school in Salt Lake City graduating from South High School and the University of Utah before receiving his Doctorate degree from West Virginia School of Dentistry in Morgantown, West Virginia.
He married Lynda Rae Love in the Salt Lake Temple on March 21, 1958. They are the parents of seven children, Paul Richard, David Andrew, Michael Thomas, Jennifer Love, William Fredrick, Christopher James and Annie Jane.
As a young man, he served a mission to Australia and later on, he served a mission for The Military Relations Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with his wife, Lynda.
He will be remembered for his love of country, God and family. He served his nation in both the Army and the Air Force for 34 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He taught us all how to laugh even in the face of adversity and to love sincerely. He didn't have to tell us how to live, he showed us. He was a father, mentor, bishop, chaplain and friend. In every facet of his life he was devoted to serving and providing humanitarian relief to countries around the world including South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands.
He loved his family, the scriptures, baseball, golf, Newport Beach, Disneyland, Lake Powell, the poetry of Robert Service, telling a good story and laughing, laughing, laughing.
He is survived by his wife and family; Paul (Sylvia), Jennie (Barney), Will (Nanci), Michelle, Annie (Jason); 19 grandchildren; his brother David and sister Carol.
Preceded in death by his sons Tom, Dave and Chris; grandson Rocky; parents and in-laws David and Ada Love and brother Michael.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at l0:00 a.m. at the Monument Park 14th Ward, 2255 So. Wasatch Dr. (2700 E.). Friends may call Sunday evening, May 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 So. and Monday 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the ward. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Military Relations Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 50 E. North Temple, SLC, UT, 84150. On line condolence www.larkincares.com
A special thank you to Dr. Jonathan Whisenant, Jim Harrison and Jeff Hoppie.
"Grief is the price we pay for love."
Published in Deseret News from May 4 to May 5, 2013