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Douglas Alfred Christensen

Born: 2/10/1960, Grants, New Mexico
Death: 11/3/2014, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 11/06/2014 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 11/06/2014, 6:00 pm, Spanish Valley Mortuary

Doug Christensen passed away the evening of November 3, 2014 surrounded by his family.

Doug was born in Grants, New Mexico to Alfred “Buster” and Brenda Christensen on February 10, 1960. The family traveled to many states during his youngest years as the family followed the mining boom.

In 1971 the family moved to Moab and this was Doug’s home for the remainder of his life. In Moab he and his father shared their lifetime love of cars and motorcycles.

Doug worked on drill rigs and for Rio Algom Mining Corp. until they closed in 1988. Doug worked at Grand Rental Center and then went on to Canyonlands Field Institute as a mechanic. His final job was working for Kevin Clyde at Grand Rental Center. Doug and his beloved rotwiller, Zuess, kept everyone there entertained. Doug with his unmatchable wit and “perspective on life” and Zuess with the position he claimed as his own once Kevin let him thru the front door.

Doug shared his life with some very special women; Mickie Turner, Glenda Byers, Carol Bettie and Rhonda Roundtree. Until the very day he passed, Doug maintained a relationship with them all.

Doug had many talents, poetry, repairing anything that should “move”, loving every animal, and shocking the world with his one-of-a-kind split-second comment (wit).

Doug was preceded in death by his sister Kaye Knight, his twin nephews Matthew and Eric Lawley, and his grandparents Christensen and Gerstner.

He is survived by his parents Alfred “Buster” and Brenda Christensen, sister Kris Lawley (John Paterson), nephews Dustin White, Aaron Lawley, Jesse Knight; aunts Karen Egeland, Arlene Rogers,; uncles Doug (Sue) Gerstner, and many cousins.

A viewing will be held Thursday November 6, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary.

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Doug and I worked together at Canyonlands Field Institute (around 1996?97?). I extend condolences to his family and close friends. He and I reconnected up in the La Sal Mountains some years later. I had my children up there at a lake, teaching the kids to fish. Doug and a buddy happened to be fishing too. I can see him kneeling beside one of my children bestowing some fishing tips. Sorry for your loss.
- Michele Reaume Hill

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend, he referred to the dates on his tombstone from the beginning to the end. He noted that first came his birth and spoke to the following date with tears, but what he said mattered most was the dash between those years. For the Dash represents all the time that Doug spent alive on this here earth and those of us who loved him know what that little line was /is worth. For it matters not how much we own....the cars, the house, the cash....What matters most is how we live and love and how we spend our Dash! I love you Doug and always will....thanks for sharing your Dash with me.....My deepest sympathy for your family and those who loved you like I do...for this earth has lost a great soul.....and the heavens have gained a magnificent angel. Peace be to you and yours.
- Nanette

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