Saturday, June 24, 2023
11:00am - 12:45pm (Mountain time)
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)
Jeffrey Lewis Christensen passed away peacefully on June 6, 2023. Born January 21, 1985 to F. LaVar and Susan Kay Christensen in Fresno, California.
Jeff was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew. Jeff is loved by his older Brother, Kenny and older Sister, Karen. He rounded out our precious threesome as the baby of the family. He is remembered for his big smile and warm greetings with a hug. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Everyone who met Jeff loved him. He would do anything for anyone.
Jeff lived in Fresno, CA until he was three when his family moved to Draper, Utah where he spent most of his life except for College. In Fresno, we have fond memories of Jeff swimming in the backyard and playing with his cousins. Also, visiting nearby Grandparents who both lived in California and especially visiting Grandpa and Grandma Kay who had a yacht on the ocean and lived there in their early retirement years. It was a highlight to ride together with them to Catalina Island where Jeff loved driving the “dinghy” boat. This is where Jeff’s love of boating first began.
Jeff attended Draper Elementary, Indian Hills Middle School, Alta High School and Skyline High School. From his earliest youth, Jeff was a natural athlete. He especially had a passion and talent for baseball. We have many memories watching Jeff play at Draper City Park with his Dad as coach. Jeff earned his varsity high school letter in baseball all four years (grades 9-12). His Senior year, he transferred to Skyline High School as starting shortstop on their State Champion team where he also earned All-League and All State recognition and graduated in 2003. He went on to play two years of Community College baseball in Oregon and California. Jeff loved Major League Baseball and was able to travel and attend many games at some of his most favorite stadiums.
Jeff also became a skilled golfer and won the longest drive award at a prominent tournament. He loved to play at Hidden Valley Country Club. He liked to stop and reflect at the hole backing up to his childhood home. He also loved riding the family four- wheeler in the mountains and hills behind our home.
Jeff loved animals, horseback riding in his youth, his childhood dog, Sugar, and most recently, his two most treasured dogs, Lulu and Boston. Jeff enjoyed fishing and boating throughout his life. You could often find him on the lake. Jeff loved and cherished many family vacations together. Lake Powell and other lakes close by were favorite spots for Jeff as well as Newport Beach and the California coast and Hawaii. Jeff’s love of the Ocean was instilled by his Grandparents: “Skipper Eddie” and “First Mate LaRue.” They are now 95 years old and celebrating 73 years of marriage. In recent years, Jeff has spent much of his time visiting them frequently, calling Grandma almost every day and taking them for drives and to movies, plays, dentist and doctor appointments, lunches and much more.
In his adult years, Jeff earned his professional Mortgage and Real Estate licenses and was studying to obtain his Insurance license. At home Jeff enjoyed cooking and grilling and became quite the Chef. He had a passion for music, movies, musicals, plays and concerts.
Jeff worked one summer in his teen years with Liz Lee. He loved to express how proud and grateful he was to be the one who introduced Liz to his brother, Kenny. They married and have four children: Kylee (18), Kamdyn (14), Crew (13) and Caden (10). His sister, Karen, married Lincoln Scoffield and they have two sons: Parker (17) and Benson (12). Jeff was the fun Uncle and will be missed by all.
The many tributes and shared memories our family has received since Jeff’s passing have touched us deeply. It is beautiful and comforting to hear everyone speak of Jeff’s smile, humor, laughter, good deeds, kind expressions and his loving, grateful and compassionate heart. He was always quick to say, “I Love You” and “Thank you”. He was also quick to apologize when he felt that, too, in his tender heart.
Our forever family is heartbroken as we mourn together at Jeff’s passing. Nevertheless, we are comforted and inspired by our shared knowledge and united testimonies of Heavenly Father’s Divine Plan of Salvation and Happiness for all His children. We know that we will be united again with Jeff for Eternity.
Jeff is preceded in death by his paternal Grandparents: James LaMar and Glenna S. Christensen and his Uncles: James M. Christensen and Harold Lefrandt. We are humbled and comforted to know that Jeff is welcomed and loved by them and loved ones who have gone before us. We will continue to feel Jeff close to us until we are all reunited again.
We want to personally express our love, faith and gratitude and extend an invitation to the Memorial Service to be held Saturday, June 24, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Draper 17th Ward Building) located at 1617 E. 12700 S., Draper, Utah. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm with a prior viewing from 11:00-12:45 pm. Burial will be at the Larkin Cemetery in Sandy.
Thank you for your love and prayers and all you mean to Jeff and our family. May all who loved Jeff find peace in Christ. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
LaVar and Sue Christensen Family
The service will be livestreamed on the Anderson & Goff Mortuary Facebook Page at the following link:
(The livestream video will appear when the service starts.)
Jeffrey Christensen - Funeral Recording.mp3