LaVell J. Christensen

30 Jul 1912 - 25 Jun 1990

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LaVell J. Christensen

30 Jul 1912 - 25 Jun 1990
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Grave site information of LaVell J. Christensen (30 Jul 1912 - 25 Jun 1990) at Orem Cemetery in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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LaVell J. Christensen

Married: 27 May 1935

Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Children Jolene, Vern, Norma Rae, Wendell


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Camping Memories

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Grandpa and Grandma loved to travel and to camp. In their early days they camped in a tent and not too many years later they bought their first trailer and pulled it with their pink car. Sometime later they bought a newer and bit bigger trailer and pulled it with a blue car, eventually they bought a two tone yellow Chevrolet pickup truck, which is what I remember. There was a sleeper on the back of the truck and grandpa had the rear window of the truck and front window of the sleeper removed and a rubber boot put in the opening so a person could crawl from one to the other with ease if they wanted to. He also built in a platform in back, and added a mattress which was always made up into a bed. Our family often accompanied them on their trips. One trip was to Payson Lakes where we kids caught horny toads, much to our parents chagrin. I have so many memories from these trips, but the one that perhaps stands out more than the rest is the music. Grandpa was a great banjo player. When I was quite young I remember him playing his banjo around the campfire and there was often singing. When they bought their second trailer he built a little shelf at the foot of the bed where he put in a reel to reel tape player. He would record music at home and spend hours listening to it while on their camping trips. It was the last of these trips that Grandpa was called home to a more glorious place. They were headed south between Nephi and Levan when a gust of wind hit them and caused the trailer to sway. In the midst of that they hit a bread truck head on and grandpa passed away quickly. Grandma had gotten in the back to lay on the bed because of a recent surgery and thankfully her life was spared. I tell this story because it has a rather unique ending. After the accident the truck and trailer were hauled to a place in Nephi. My husband and I had looked into buying the trailer but when we found out that it had a bent axle we didn’t want to mess with that, so after the family had retrieved all the belongings, it went wherever vehicles of accidents go. Many years later, my sister and her husband bought a trailer. As she was cleaning it she saw some unique things in the trailer that she remembered from grandpa and grandma’s trailer and got to wondering if it could possibly be the very same one. She called my parents and they came to look at it and YES it was the very same one. Grandpa must have been smiling down from Heaven that day knowing his family was going to build more memories in one of the earthly things he really enjoyed.

Banjo, Organ and Music

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Grandpa LOVED music. When he was a young man he was a banjo player and played in a band (sure wish I had a picture of that), they played at dances and all kinds of social events. He had a great singing voice and in high school he sang in the school choir. If my memory serves me right, grandma said he was asked to take the lead in at least one high school play because of his great singing voice. When we went to visit our grandparents, grandpa was often in the basement playing his banjo or upstairs in a back room playing the organ. He would spend hours recording what he played and the music he enjoyed on reel to reel tapes that he would then play in their trailer when they went camping. Sometimes he would try to get us kids to sing or say something and record us. I didn’t like the sound of my voice when the tape played back, and along with being shy in front of people, I would not participate in his recordings very often. When I was quite young they had a beautiful upright piano in their living room. They gave that to my mother (who was a beautiful piano player) and bought an organ. Over the years they would occasionally trade in an organ for a newer model. Both grandma and grandpa played the organ. I don’t ever remember grandpa playing for us or in front of us, but it was always in the background. How I wish I had had the opportunity to see him play, either in a band, talent show, or just for his family. If grandpa wasn’t playing an instrument somewhere in the house, he would put records on the stereo (does anyone remember those great big boxy things). He had it wired to speakers throughout the whole house. Of all the music he listened to on the stereo, the one that sticks out in my mind is the Hawaiian Christmas album. He truly was a lover of music.

Life timeline of LaVell J. Christensen

LaVell J. Christensen was born on 30 Jul 1912
LaVell J. Christensen was 17 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
LaVell J. Christensen was 27 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
LaVell J. Christensen was 33 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
LaVell J. Christensen was 41 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
LaVell J. Christensen was 52 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
LaVell J. Christensen was 65 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
LaVell J. Christensen was 69 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
LaVell J. Christensen died on 25 Jun 1990 at the age of 77
Grave record for LaVell J. Christensen (30 Jul 1912 - 25 Jun 1990), BillionGraves Record 5718 Orem, Utah, Utah, United States