Scott Lee Christensen died April 29, 1998 in Portland, Oregon after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was 33 years old. Scott's family extends their heartfelt thanks to his doctors and the ICU staff at St. Vincent's Hospital for their loving care and relentless efforts in helping Scott during his illness.
Scott was born on February 3, 1965 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Suzanne Holt and Richard Lee Christensen. He married Monica Schmidt on October 12, 1991. He was a loving and devoted husband and a very proud and caring father to his two children, Chloe and Nate.
Throughout his life, Scott was unique in his single-mindedness, striving for excellence in whatever he undertook. After watching Mark Spitz win six gold medals in the 1972 Summer Olympics, he announced to his parents that he wanted to swim competitively. Three years later he retired at the age of 10 as the State Champion in the backstroke. His interest turned to racquetball, which he played until the age of 16. When he stopped playing competitive racquetball, he was the State Champion in the 16 and under class and ranked in the top five of the State senior class. He played in two U.S. Junior National Racquetball Championships and made it to the quarterfinals his last year. As he began high school, his interest turned to basketball. He made the sophomore team his first year and the varsity team as a junior. His senior year he was starting point guard and team captain.
After spending six months in Israel with BYU's Study Abroad program, Scott served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Indiana, Indianapolis Mission. After his mission, he graduated in Business from the University of Utah. Scott began working for Key Bank in Salt Lake City and was later transferred to Portland, Oregon where he met his wife, Monica. He later began working for M & T Mortgage as a Construction Loan Officer. His many friends, associates, and customers meant the world to Scott. He often commented what good people they were, how much they meant to him, and how lucky he felt to be able to be around such people.
Scott was re-introduced to golf after his mission by his dad, which led to a lifetime of enjoyment with his family and friends. His family has accused him of manicuring his lawn as if it were a putting green. Scott leaves many fond memories for his family and friends who shared his passion for golf.
Scott is survived by his wife, Monica; children, Chloe Kay and Nathan Lee of Portland, Oregon. In Salt Lake City, Utah he is survived by his parents, Suzanne and Richard Christensen; brothers, Jim (Patti) and Mike (Piper); sisters, Lisa (Creighton) Rider, Kim (Tom) Cronin, Katie (John) Tagge and Kelly Christensen; grandparents, Paul and Carol Holt; and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 1998 at 12 p.m. in the Lakeridge Ward, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Interment will be at the Riverview Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
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