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Waldemar (Wally) Christiansen died peacefully from complications incident to age in SLC, Utah, on May 23, 2011. He was born in Springfield, Idaho to Simon and Ingrid Christiansen on September 21, 1918. He and his family later moved to Salt Lake City, where he attended South High School. After graduating, he met and married Twyla Larsen on January 1, 1940 in Provo, Utah. Together they raised seven children: Twyla Diane, Dee W., (KC), Phil, Alan (Carole), Tina, Rick, and David. They also had 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great grandchild. Wife Twyla, daughter Tina and sons Rick and Phil preceded him in death. Wally served in the Construction Battalion of the U.S. Navy during World War II. After serving honorably in the military, he joined his two older and one younger brother to form Christiansen Brothers, Inc., a General Contracting firm. Together they successfully constructed many fine structures throughout Utah and the Northwest. Among the buildings constructed by the firm is the LDS Church Office Building as well as many LDS wards throughout the State. The Firm also completed the ZCMI Center, a major shopping complex in downtown SLC. This development occupied the entire block south of the LDS Church Offices. During this time he served as President of the Associated General Contractors, Intermountain Division. After retiring in 1980, he and his wife Twyla traveled extensively up until her death in 1989. They traveled overseas, as well as enjoying their motor home driving throughout the U.S. On May 24, 1991, Wally married Nila Sorenson. Nila's five sons survive Wally; Mark, David, Greg, Steven and Christopher. Throughout his life, Wally adhered to a strong work ethic, which contributed greatly to the success of Christiansen Brothers, Inc. He was a member of the LDS Church. He obtained a pilot license and loved to spend time flying his own plane. He also enjoyed being the skipper on his boat and spent a great deal of time at Flaming Gorge, fishing, water-skiing and spending time with his family. Music was always a great love of Wally's. He played the violin in the high school orchestra; the drums in the Navy band and continued with the organ, often getting together with friends for jam sessions. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, at 10:00 a.m. A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, one hour prior to the service, where friends and family may call. Interment will be held at Salt Lake City Cemetery. In his later years, Wally suffered the effects of Macular Degeneration. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moran Eye Center.