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JACOB "JAKE" CHARLES CHRISTENSEN Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Jacob (Jake) Charles Christensen's life was taken from us far too soon on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. Jake passed away in his Kennewick home while sleeping at the age of 36. Jake was born April 27th, 1981, at Kadlec in Richland, WA to parents Jim and Joan Christensen and was a lifelong resident of the Tri-City area. Beginning at a young age, Jake's father, Jim, made a point to instill a work ethic into Jake and his brother, Joe, which would last a lifetime for the boys. This work ethic began with a paper route and selling corn at the farmers market and evolved into a full-fledged lawn care business that the two brothers shared. Jake spent his winters working for his brother-in-law, Eugene, selling Christmas trees, which wouldn't be the last time that Jake got into the Christmas spirit. Jake, who was a union sheet metal worker for Apollo, happily volunteered to be Santa Claus at the Apollo Christmas party and loved it so much he decided to keep the costume in order to continue playing his part. During his younger years, Jake was involved with the church and when given the chance to go on a mission trip to Mexico to build houses for the less fortunate, Jake jumped at the opportunity and off he went. Jake and his wife, Erin, were married May 27th, 2006 and recently celebrated their 11th anniversary. Despite everything going on in life, Jake made sure that family came first. Jake was adamant that a family sit down dinner occurred weekly. If you happened to see the family outside, you could find them hiking or playing Pokemon Go (Jake always made sure to keep up to date with new technology). Jake's favorite trip was one he took to Yellowstone with his wife and kids, Isaac and Jaelyn. After months of preparation including trial runs of loading up the car and virtually mapping out his trip, Jake loaded up the Prius with his family of four plus dog and made the trek to Yellowstone. Jake spent his life bringing happiness to all he came in contact with, whether it be by building a house, providing Christmas spirit or maybe something as simple as a smile and a laugh. No one will forget the impact he has had on all of our lives. Jake is survived by his wife of 11 years, Erin, and children, Isaac (14) and Jaelyn (10); parents Jim and Joan Christensen; siblings Jill (Eugene) Williams and Joe Christensen; mother and father-in-law Jean and Greg McDonald; sister-in-law Kelly (Ryan) Mackey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jake was preceded in death by grandparents Margaret and Melrose Hall and Loquitta and Chris Christensen. Jake's memorial service will take place Sunday, June 11th 1:00 PM at the Kennewick First Presbyterian Church located at 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336 with the reception following immediately at the church. If you would like to make a donation, it can be made at GoFundMe.com/ JakeChristensenMemorial Fund. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald from June 9 to June 10, 2017