Obituary for Marion Christensen (1938-2021) – Bozeman, MT
Paul was born on February 26, 1938 in Vernal, Utah, to parents Marion Christensen and Violette Eva Francis. Paul died of complications from CoVid on September 13, 2021 at Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis, Montana.
As a young teenager, Paul drove wild mustangs with his cousins in the Unitah Mountains of Utah. He loved telling his family stories from that happy time in his life.
In 1957 Paul moved to Bozeman, Montana to work for Lewis & Jarboe Registered Herefords. Pearl and WL (Leo) Jarboe bought Lemon Place from Central Park. Paul continued to live and work with the Jarboes.
On June 18, 1960, Paul married Sharon Kae Kalkas in the Bozeman LDS Institute building. The Jarboes generously bought a brand new house with furniture for the happy young couple.
In 1967 Paul bought the Louis A Shai dairy in Waterloo, Montana to bring his wife and two young children there. In 1974 the family of six moved back to the Gallatin Valley, after two more children, to what would become the family home on Gooch Hill Road on the Texas Way. There they greeted their fifth little blessing.
Paul switched his career to construction, where he took pride in the homes and commercial properties he built and was known for being innovative and resourceful in his construction. In 1991 Paul moved his family to Ennis, where he continued his construction career and added a rental business. Paul renovated several buildings on Main Street and had construction projects on various homes on the Madison River.
Paul was a member of Latter-day Saints Church of Jesus Christ and served in various callings, including serving as a branch councilor in the Ennis Branch. With Sharon at his side, Paul served a 2011 service and maintenance mission at Deseret Land and Livestock in Woodruff, Utah, which expanded to Trail Creek Land and Livestock Co. of Miles City, Montana. Paul loved his Savior and his family.
The beloved times with family and friends camping, hunting and fishing were some of Paul’s fondest memories. Paul loved storytelling and had a mischievous sense of humor.
Paul leaves behind his 61-year-old wife, Sharon, and their children, Larry (Tami) of Sidney, MT; Brenda Gallagher (Mike) from Belgrade, MT; Leo (Andi) from Harrison, MT; Shawn (Corinna) from Ennis, MT and Craig from Manhattan, MT; Grandson Andrea (Olly), Tyler (Nichole), Ashley (Jake), Doug, Jessica (Dan), Kayley, Jamie, Paul D; and great-grandchildren Everley and Boyd; Brother Merritt Christensen Missoula MT and numerous nieces and nephews.
Instead of flowers, please send memorabilia to Madison Valley Medical Foundation, PO Box 993, Ennis, MT 59729 or Humanitarian Services, c / o LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Ave., Provo, UT 84604.
Published by Bozeman Daily Chronicle on September 19, 2021.