Robyn Arell Christensen passed away on February 20, 2022 in his home in Layton surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Salina, Utah on March 7, 1950 to Brice and Maurine Christensen. He grew up on the farm in Christiansburg and spent his school years in the Gunnison Valley. Farm work helped instill in him a drive and work ethic that would stay with him throughout his life. Arell was one who never did anything halfway.
Arell was involved in multiple sports during his youth and that love for all things athletic continued through the rest of his life. Baseball was one of his favorites and he would spend many years behind the plate as an umpire. Over the years, he especially loved seeing his children and grandchildren play sports.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Northern California. He remained active throughout his entire life, serving in many church callings.
He retired from AstraZeneca after 30 years. He made numerous life long friendships and would go on to keep in touch with many friends, even after his retirement in 2016. He loved golfing, traveling the world with Sue and their cruise group and playful teasing with his grandkids.
Arell always said his greatest accomplishment was the life he had with his wife of 50 years and the family they raised together. He leaves behind his loving wife Susan Bunderson Christensen, his children Jacy Manu (Salesi), Emily Asanovich (Brian), Morgan Young (Jeramie) and Zach Christensen, as well as 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with another one arriving soon. He also leaves behind his sister Karla Cashen (Dan) and his sister in-law Janice Christensen (Chad). Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Craig and Chad, son Josh, and grandchildren Morgan Sophia, and Colin Joshua.
Arell had a testimony of the Savior and strived to live his life by the principles and standards that he believed in. When asked if he had a favorite quote, he said that it was from David O. McKay. "The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, and self-control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home."
The Christensen family would like to acknowledge the care and love shown to Arell by his hospice nurses, Stephanie and Ashlie. We will be forever grateful for their compassion.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the LDS chapel at 400 South 2200 West, Layton, Utah 84041. Graveside service will be held on Friday, February 25 at 12 Noon at the Gunnison Cemetery in Gunnison, Utah.