Paul William Christensen, Age 83, formerly of Mesa, AZ passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born on December 15th, 1937 to Andrew and Pearl Christensen in Lewistown, MT. He was a graduate of Custer County High School in Miles City, MT. He joined the naval reserve while in high school. In 1957 he married his high school sweetheart Jeanette Strohmayer. They moved to Washington the following year working for Western Union. Paul became activated in the Navy in 1961 on the USS Charles E. Brannon. He was stationed in Honolulu Hawaii and his military travels brought him to Guam, Vietnam, China, Japan and the Philippines.
Paul returned to Washington where he and Jeanette were blessed with a daughter, Cami K’del in 1970, and a son Paul Bradley in 1971. Paul continued his 35 year career with Western Union as a District/Regional Manager of the Pacific Western region. He was able to travel to many western states and Alaska was his favorite where he enjoyed halibut and Salmon fishing. He was transferred to Arizona in 1976 and moved to Tempe, AZ. Upon retiring from Western Union Paul decided to start a second career as a Detention Officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. After 10 years he retired to enjoy fishing, bowling, traveling and spending time with family. Paul was a member of the Elk’s for over 50 years. Paul was very generous and always tried to take care of everyone’s needs before his own. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Paul is survived by his wife, Jeanette; his son Brad (Betty) Christensen; his grandsons Austin and Mark; his brothers-in-law Duane (Virginia) Strohmayer, Gary (Myrna) Baker, Bill Hainer and sister-in-law Sally Christensen; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Andrew and Pearl; his sisters Evelyn Haun, Marie Mathern, and Dolores Hainer; his brother Andrew (Chris) Christensen; his daughter Cami K’del Christensen.
Services to be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ, Friday December 3, 2021 at 2 P.M.