Ardean Christiansen, 65, of St. George, Utah, formerly of Boise, Idaho, died Thursday, June 25, 1998, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He was born May 26, 1933, to Loren Peter and Marilla Christiansen in Elsinore, Utah, the eighth of nine children. He spent his youth in Elsinore working on the family farm where he learned early the joy of hard work.

He married his sweetheart, Margo Utley, on February 14, 1953, in the St. George, Utah LDS Temple. After their marriage they made their first home in Elsinore. In 1953, Ardean was called to serve in the Army and he and Margo were stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State. Following his service he moved to Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, where he attended the University of Utah. After moving to Boise, Idaho, he worked 20 years as an appraiser for HUD and later established his own appraisal business where he enjoyed the satisfaction of working for himself. He recently retired to St. George, Utah, where he was able to enjoy his lifelong passions-his family, his church, and especially his love for golf.

He was a faithful and committed member of the LDS Church where he served diligently in many capacities.

Loved ones will remember his "gift of storytelling," his devotion to others, and his joy for life, which will leave a lasting mark on those who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Margo, Boise, ID; son, Brent J. (Carol) Christiansen, Pensacola, FL; three daughters, Debra (Clark) Williams, Boise, ID; Pamela (Murray) Westenskow, Portland, OR; Monica (Russell) Brown, Blackfoot, ID; eight grandsons and five granddaughters; also surviving are two brothers, Arno Christiansen, Provo, UT; and Morris Christiansen, St. George, UT; five sisters, Madge Hansen, Glenwood, UT; Uarda Littlewood, Richfield, UT; Larine Madsen, Eisinore, UT; DeVonna Moore, Clifton, ID; Darlie Hunsaker, Orem, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Keith.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, at the Elsinore, Utah LDS Church. The family will meet with friends on Sunday evening at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield, UT, from 6-8 p.m. and again on Monday at the church for an hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Elsinore, Utah Cemetery.

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