Ivar Lee Christensen, 67, returned to be with his Heavenly Father on January 1, 2017. Ivar enjoyed farming, camping, fishing, elk hunting, rodeo, volunteering in the LDS temple, working in the Boy Scout program. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed going to Disney World and eating a Dole whip. He enjoyed listening to AM news talk radio while driving tractor. He shared his gifts of patience and a calm demeanor while teaching and serving others. He spent many hours teaching his oldest granddaughter how to drive when she would visit.
Ivar was born on February 12, 1949, in Ontario, Oregon, to LaGrand and Blanche Christensen. Ivar’s family moved to the Royal Slope when he was a young boy. He attended grades K-12 in Royal School District. He graduated from Royal High School in 1967. He served a two-year LDS mission in the New Zealand South Mission. He truly loved the people that he taught and served. Ivar graduated from Brigham Young University earning his Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and horticulture.
While at BYU he met his dear wife, Lina Long, and they were married and sealed in the Cardston, Alberta, Canada, LDS Temple. Immediately after graduating from college, Ivar moved back to the Royal Slope to farm with his father and brother. Over the next 17 years, he helped build a successful farm and business.
In 1990, they bought a farm and moved to Hermiston, Ore. Changing from irrigated to dryland farming was full of new challenges. Like always, Ivar worked hard to learn everything he could about new crops and dryland wheat farming and met those challenges head-on. He spent the last 25 years loving and working his beautiful farm. Ivar was known for his dedication, hard work and always enduring to the end. His kind, beautiful, blue eyes, firm handshake and generous heart will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
His parents, LaGrand and Blanche Christensen; his sister-in-law, Geniel Christensen; and his grandson, Benson Michael Slaughter, precede Ivar in death. He is survived by his four siblings Shirley (Marlene) Christensen, Savana (James) Dunn, Camille (Irvin) Howe and Gary (Kimberly) Christensen; his wife Lina Long Christensen; his four beloved children Carie (Kevin) Bush, Amber (Wayne) Slaughter, Brandon (Ashley Rae) Christensen and Ashley Christensen;
and his grandchildren Brianna, Cameron, Andersen, Whitney, Coleson, Carson, Hailey, Madison, Kaden and Sydney.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 850 S.W. 11th St., Hermiston, Oregon. A private family burial will follow.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.