Jack Christianson, 89, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Cedar City, Utah, from causes incident to age.
Jack was born in Spanish Fork, Utah, on August 18, 1921 to Reuben Leo Christianson and Maggie Priscilla Boyack. He was the oldest of 10 children.
Jack married Anna Murl Pinegar on April 30, 1949 in Spanish Fork, Utah, and their marriage was solemnized in the Provo Temple on February 27, 1973.
Jack attended schools in both Spanish Fork and Provo, and graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1939. He attended BYU for two years, and he served as a Captain in the Army with the 222nd Field Artillery Unit during WWII. While at BYU and in the Army, he played football, and had many good memories of that time in his life.
After the war, Jack started to work construction, and became an Ironworker. He enjoyed the hard work and going to different job locations. He worked in several of the western states, and also in Florida and Greenland. A highlight of his Ironworking career was working on the bridge at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. Later in his career he became the Business Agent for the Ironworkers Local 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah for 18 years. He was known for his concern and loyalty to the Ironworkers in the state of Utah.
Jack and Murl raised their family in Orem, and enjoyed the good neighbors they were blessed with. Jack enjoyed living in Utah Valley where he loved to hunt, and fish on the Provo River. He enjoyed these activities the most when accompanied by his sons or grandsons. Jack loved being with his children and grandchildren, and they loved being with him. He also enjoyed being close to his and Murl’s families.
Jack and Murl served for 18 months in the West Indies Mission from 1987-1989. This was a wonderful experience for them, and they were able to touch many lives with their kindness and unconditional love. They enjoyed the missionaries they served with, and loved them dearly.
Upon returning from the West Indies, they moved to St. George, Utah. This was another wonderful chapter in their lives. Here they developed and enjoyed many lasting friendships. This was also a good opportunity for family members in the southern part of the state to have time with grandma and grandpa. Throughout Jack and Murl’s lives they were always supportive of anything their children or grandchildren were involved in. The memories of these times spent together are priceless.
Jack always cared about the underdog, and was a good Samaritan to anyone in need. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. He was honest, kind, and filled with integrity. He leaves a lasting legacy for his posterity.
Jack is survived by his wife Murl of Cedar City, UT; children: Bonnie (John) Leydsman of Salem, UT; Tom (Brigitte) Christianson of Lakewood, CO; Diann (Michael) Redzich of Jackson Hole, WY; Jack R. (Melanie) serving in the Rochester, NY Mission; and Becky (Howard) Jones of Cedar City, UT, Jack has 19 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. Jack had five brothers and four sisters: Louise (deceased); Lois and Shiro Budo, Las Vegas, NV; Carol Nelson, Price, UT; Frank and Pat Christianson, Spanish Fork, UT; Sterling and Peggy Christianson, Salem, UT; Jim (deceased) and Helen Sorenson, Provo, UT; Phil (deceased) and Jan, Spanish Fork, UT; Setta and Hal Anderson, Spanish Fork, UT; David and Julie Christianson, Parowan, UT. Jack is also survived by his in-laws: Lynn and Mary Pinegar, Holladay, UT; Rex and Bonnie Pinegar, Salt Lake City, UT; Max and Lynn Pinegar, Orem, UT.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the CNAs and Utah Hospice workers at Emerald Pointe in Cedar City, their loving care and kindness is greatly appreciated.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Steeple Chase Chapel, 1780 North 165 East, Orem, Utah. A viewing will be held at the church that morning from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be held in the Spanish Fork Cemetery at 2:30 that afternoon. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com.