Lon Clair Christensen, 81, died Nov. 16, 2009, in Davis. Born June 6, 1926, in Thatcher, Utah, he was the great-grandson of Danish hand cart Mormon pioneers of the 1840s. He served a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission to California, where he met his future wife. The couple married in 1952.
He raised 5,000 turkeys from year to year to put himself through school at Utah State University, then went on to enlist in the agricultural extension program in Nevada, where he had a 20-year career. Raised on a farm, he retired as a community development specialist for UC Davis, working with small farms.
He was loyally committed to his church and family, and admired his colleagues at UCD. The family is thankful to the many friends and health professionals who helped Dad in his final years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Verona Christensen; three sons, Lynn of Davis, Keith of Lexington, Va., and David of Boise, Idaho; and a daughter, Carla Hyatt, stationed with her husband Andy with the State Department in Sanaa, Yemen.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a funeral at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Eighth Street and Elmwood Drive in Davis. A visitation will be held on Monday, November 23, 2009 from 11:00 A.M. to 12 Noon at the LDS Church in Thatcher, Utah. Interment will follow at Penrose Cemetery.