Richard Stansfield Christensen, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his family on May 18, 2022. He will be long remembered for his ever-learning spirit, teasing attitude, kindness and complete selflessness.
Richard was born on April 26, 1932 in Mt Pleasant, Utah to Jessie Stansfield and Arthur Linden Christensen. He grew up in Fairview where he acquired his love for the outdoors. He was the youngest and was adored by his three older sisters. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School. After helping build his parents’ house, he joined the US Army and was deployed to Korea where he trained soldiers in heavy artillery. Upon his return, he encountered Sharon Luella Ward as he passed BYU’s dorms. They were married on December 13, 1958, and then sealed for eternity in the Provo Temple. Together they raised four children.
Having learned carpentry from his father and with his savings, he and his wife started their business, RS Christensen Construction. Dick built homes for three decades, earning Utah’s Top Home Builder award two years in a row. He was Vice President and President of the Utah Valley Homebuilder and helped start the Utah Valley Parade of Homes program which is still running today.
Dick loved the great outdoors, especially hiking, hunting, fly-fishing, and “the cabin.” He loved the big crashing waves of the ocean and the sunsets with his family. His greatest joy was taking his family with him on many adventures. He had remarkable stamina and energy, hiking the Grand Canyon at the age of 70 and Havasupai Falls at 84. He passed on to his children the desire to work hard and save every penny. Dick was blessed and developed many talents as a carpenter, landscaper and master gardener. His past times eventually led to award-winning, intricately turned wooden bowls and beautifully handcrafted frames for his oil paintings. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and Sharon served missions at the Lindon Cannery.
Richard is survived by his wife Sharon and their children, Bry (Cheri) Christensen, Den (Lila) Christensen, Denise Durrans and Serena (Mark) Warner, 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Jean Smith. The funeral took place on Saturday May 21, 2022.