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Barry J. Christensen

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Barry J. Christensen Obituary
Barry J Christensen, 76, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at his home.
Barry was born December 17, 1941 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Wendell Christensen and Auril Heaton Christensen. He grew up in Goshen and attended Firth elementary, he graduated from Firth High School.
On August 11, 1960 Barry married Vera Hillman in Firth, Idaho. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on April 3, 1980. Vera preceded him in death on July 2, 2012.
Farming was Barry's life. He was a successful farmer in Bingham and Power Counties. Business ventures include: B.J. Christensen and Sons, Pleasant Valley Potato, Sun Dance Farms, and White Water Sports. Barry loved working hard and playing hard with his family. Barry's older brother passed away after harvest was over and Barry always said he should have passed before the work began instead of after it was over, and he showed him how it was done.
Barry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had received his Eagle Scout award. He served as a Young Mens President. He was also a member of the Old Car Club and the Old (I.RO.N.) Tractor Club.
In his free time he enjoyed jeeping in Moab and snowmobiling, collecting guns, old cars and tractors. He enjoyed visiting Island Park, St. George, and Hawaii. He especially loved spending time with his family.
Barry is survived by his son, Thane (Connie) Christensen of Rockford; daughter in Law, Rebecca Christensen; brother, Arlen (Lynnae) Christensen of Goshen; sister-in-law, Christine Christensen; grandchildren, Nic (Melissa) Christensen, Toni Mendez, Jake (Christine) Christensen, Mikaeli Christensen, Bradlynn Christensen, and Savanah Christensen; and great grandchildren, Andy, Kaden, Damen and Quincey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera; son, Bradley Christensen,  parents, Wendell and Auril Christensen; and brother, Kent Christensen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Blackfoot West Stake Center, 101 N. 900 W. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Apr. 9, 2018
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