Fredric Allan Christiansen
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Fredric Allan Christiansen, born June 26, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, died on April 11, 2012 in Greer, SC after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Fred enjoyed an adventurous upbringing through hunting, fishing, waterskiing, and trekking through the Cascade Mountains with his family on horseback. A graduate of Washington State University in chemical engineering, he continued his studies at University of California - Berkeley and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Fred married Mary Antoinette (Toni) Victor on June 28, 1980 in Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Fred entered the workforce out of college with Standard Oil in California before accepting a role at Scott Paper Company where he made significant contributions for over 30 years. Fred continued his professional career with Jacobs Engineering of Greenville, SC, where he worked for 11 years. After retiring from Jacobs, he pioneered a consulting business, FAC Consult, which he contributed to until his death.
A true ambassador of generosity, intelligence and dignity, he lived a tale of two lives; an international businessman grounded in his professional life, and an entertainer, craftsman, and outdoorsman, one that was consistently the first person to help a friend of neighbor. Fred loved a wide variety of activities, including salmon fishing in Alaska, working on his property in South Alabama, touring the eastern seaboard on his motorcycle, snow skiing, and spending time with his granddaughters outdoors.
Fred cast a wide net in his business endeavors, nationally and internationally, which fostered the multitude of relationships he developed over all the years his life. Above all else, he loved his family; his wife Toni, his children and granddaughters and his dog Thor were his true loved ones.
Predeceased by father Milton Oscar Christiansen and Edith Carlson Christiansen. Survived by his wife Toni, three children: Deborah Christiansen McDonald (Charles McDonald) of Columbia, SC; Tamara Lynn Christiansen (TJ Paquin) of Ann Arbor, MI; and Jon Christiansen, PhD (fiancée Heather Dunn) of Clemson, SC; two granddaughters: Claire Christiansen McDonald (9) and Linnea Patricia Paquin (7) and sister Barbara Christiansen of Silverdale, WA.
A memorial will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of Flowers, Fred would have appreciated contributions to the Humane Society of Greenville, SC and/or VistaCare Hospice of Greenville, SC.
Cremation Society of South Carolina is serving the family.
Published in The Greenville News from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2012