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Ingvard "Chris" Darrell Christensen

Born: Sun., Mar. 1, 1931
Died: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Location: Open Word Fellowship


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   Chris was born March 1, 1931 in Ferndale, California to Ingvard and Grace Christensen.  He passed away peacefully in his home on October 4, 2019 in Myrtle Point.

   Chris was the youngest of four siblings, Carl, Ernie & Faye.  He grew up and worked on his parents Dairy Farm in Ferndale, CA through his high school years.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy in October 1950, with an honorable discharge in April 1953.  He was stationed at Barbers Point in Hawaii where he and others were injured during a military maneuver on base.

   Chris settled in Arcata, Ca.  He drove a milk truck for many years while building his “Sea Horse Appaloosa Ranch”.  He raised and bred Appaloosa horses.  His premier stallion, Eagle Dollar, was named one of the finest Appaloosa Stallions in the world.  Eagle Dollar also competed in endurance trail races.  In the 1970’s Chris sold the oceanfront portion of his property to Nature Conservancy, then named the Lanphere-Christensen Dunes Preserve.  That property being one of the most untouched sections of the Pacific Ocean beach and dunes in California.  Chris later received recognition from Humboldt State University for his support & dedication to their Natural Resources Program.  Chris had a love of flying his airplanes, boating, sailing, hunting and loved to fish.

   In the early “90”s Chris moved to Oregon where he ultimately purchased his ranch, “The Hide Away Ranch” in Myrtle Point.  He dedicated many years improving the land and property.  Later he began fishing excursions with the outfitters at the Whitehorse in the Yukon for 18 years with his fishing buddy Jack Underwood and then later with his wife Alice.

   Chris was married to Alice Freeman on March 1, 2003.  During their sixteen years of marriage they enjoyed traveling together, along with their annual trips to the Yukon and Mexico.  In 2005 Chris took his wife and daughter to visit his Father’s homeland and relatives in Demark.

   Chris is survived by his wife Alice Christensen, daughter Ellen Christensen, granddaughter Rebecca Bishop, Greatgranddaughters Madalynn & Makaya Strautman and bother-in-law Tom Klenz.

   He is proceeded in death by his parents; Ingvard & Grace Ellen Christensen, siblings Carl & Ernie Christensen, Faye Denney, his daughter Sharon Lancaster and grandson Brian Beheler.

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Jim Christensen
   Posted Wed October 16, 2019
Ellen and Alice, 

So sad to hear that Uncle Darrell passed away. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

Growing up, Uncle Darrell was the life of every Christmas or gathering at Grandpa and Grandmas. His stories and jokes made all of us smile and laugh. And, when he and Dad got together it was always a fun time. Now that they are together again, that fun can continue!

When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. May you treasure all your memories.

Love, 

Jim and Kathy Christensen

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