David Christensen January 11, 1928 ~ July 19, 2023

Former Monticello resident David Christensen passed away peacefully at the age of 95, on July 19, 2023 at his home in St. George, UT.
Dave was born January 11, 1928 in Providence, UT, the third child in a family of nine children.
He spent his childhood roaming the hills of Providence and getting into mischief with his siblings, especially his brothers.
He participated in sports, playing football, basketball and softball; winning various awards in each sport. He graduated from South Cache High School in 1946.
Dave enlisted in the US Army where he was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division as part of the occupational forces in Japan.
After his discharge from the Army, he returned home and attended Utah State University on the GI Bill and was part of the ROTC program.
He met Neva at the Melody Ranch Dance Hall in Logan. Not keen on dancing but keen on Neva, they dated and were married on July 20, 1953 in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dave earned a BS in Agriculture at Utah State University in 1953 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and served in Korea.
After ending his military service and working in the dairy industry, a career he didn’t enjoy, he returned to USU to earn his teaching certificate in Industrial Arts.
In 1959, he moved his family to Monticello to teach at Monticello High School. He taught Industrial Arts and Driver’s Education for 20 years.
During his last couple of years teaching, Dave and Neva purchased the Canyonlands Motor Lodge. While Neva ran the front office, Dave’s job was fixing and remodeling the motel.
They owned a jeep and a boat and spent many hours with good friends hunting, jeeping, and boating on Lake Powell.
After selling the motel, they moved back to Cache Valley in 1983 to help care for their elderly parents, settling in Nibley.
They accepted a call to serve an LDS mission in the Naga Philippines Mission, where Dave served as a District President. It was a physically hard mission due to the heat, humidity and living conditions.
Dave fixed a lot of things for the Saints in Sorsogon and for Neva to make their lives a little bit easier. They loved the Filipino people they served.
Dave was a jack of all trades and could build, and repair just about anything. He had many former students come back and thank him for all the skills he taught them that they still use today.
Dave is survived by his children Gaylen (Sherry) of Smithfield, UT, Steve (Denise) of St George, UT, Scott (Beverly) of LaVerkin, UT, Jay (Lisa) of College Ward, UT, and daughter Shelie (Jeff Jensen) of Overton, NV., 29 grandkids and 78 great grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.
He is preceded in death by his wife Neva, his parents, and three brothers.
Funeral services are Friday, August 4 at the Nibley Chapel, with interment at the Providence City Cemetery.

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