We lost our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and brother, Marvin Christensen, 95, on October 28, 2020. He passed away peacefully at home in Richfield surrounded by the love of his family after battling multiple cancers. Marvin fought hard to stick around, he didn’t want to leave his wife of 60 years.
Marvin was born May 17, 1925, to LeRoy and Thurza Bryant Dalley Christensen, in Richfield. He married Gladys Madge Christiansen, February 19,1947 in the Manti Temple. Madge passed away August 21, 1960. Marvin married Caroline "Connie" Curtis, June 16, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple. Marvin often said he was fortunate to have married two of the most exceptional women he knew.
Marvin worked for Cook’s Ice Cream from age 14 until he was drafted into World War II at the age of 18. He served on the European front in the 276th Combat Engineers Corp as a demolition expert. After the war, Marvin worked for Ideal Dairy in Richfield for 33 years, worked with his brother Kenneth at the Church Dairy Farm, and worked 10 years as custodian at Richfield High School.
Marvin has been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His many callings including: Teachers Quorum advisor, president of the Stake Seventies Quorum, counselor in the 10th Ward bishopric, ward Sunday School president, ward clerk, 1st counselor in the Care Center Branch, and financial clerk. Marvin’s favorite calling was serving in the nursery. He loved, Loved, LOVED the little children and they loved him calling him "grandpa."
Marvin and Madge served a stake mission from 1952 to 1954. Marvin and Connie served a service mission to the Cove Fort Historical Site from 1996-1998. They also served as Church service missionaries at the LDS Employment Center in Richfield from 1999 -2000.
Marvin and his brother Kenneth served residents of the care center for many years playing music on the guitar and accordion for them. He loved to go camping and fishing with family. Marvin loved children and loved to brag about his children and grandchildren. Not one of them ever doubted how much he loved them. He had the biggest heart, and enough love for everyone! Marvin’s proudest accomplishment in life was his family.
Marvin is survived by wife; five sons, one daughter and their spouses: Ronald (Rhonda), Lovell, WY; Roger (Sherri), Richfield; Robert (Elaine), Richfield; Corlyn (Ward) Rich, Liberty; Richard (Gina), Saratoga Springs; Chad (Paula), Grantsville; sister, Marguerite Blake, Richfield; 39 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren.
Also preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rebecca Christensen; brother and sisters: Kenneth (Elva), Helen (Wayne) Holley, Carma (AE) Augustson, Gwen (Charles) Jackman; brother-in-law, Glen Blake.
The family would like to express their love and gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Intermountain Homecare and Hospice, for the care, kindness and love given to him for the past few months.
Private family funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel in Richfield. A public viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-7 p.m. at Magleby Mortuary. Keeping in line with current COVID-19 guidelines, the family requires all attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery with military honors by the V.F.W. Sevier Post #5050 and Utah Honor Guard. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Marvin’s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
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