June 22, 1933 — January 3, 2016
Alf Christensen, 82, passed away peacefully in Redlands, CA on January 3, 2016. He is survived by his children, Kimberly Nair, from Pocatello, ID; Karen Swing from Grand Terrace, CA; Kai Christensen from Kalaheo, HI; Kevin Christensen from Sacramento, CA; and stepson, Shaun Christensen, Porterville, CA. He is also survived by two sisters, Esther Christensen and Hildreth Neely, both from Tacoma, WA; one brother, Clifford Christensen from Burnsville, MN; 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Alf was preceded in death by his wife, Earliene Christensen, and his parents, Anskov and Mable Christensen.
Alf was born in Alta, IA on June 22, 1933. After graduating from Stadium HS in Tacoma WA, Alf attended Central Bible Institute, where he met Earliene and received a Bachelor Degree in Theology. He took his first pastoring position in Sioux Falls, SD, then Alf was drafted into the Army, where he served from 1957 – 1959. Following his time in the Army, he went back to school where he earned two master’s degrees. In 1962 he received a Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and in 1964 a Master of Theology from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. In 1965 he began his Career with the United Methodist Church where he pastored churches in Georgetown, Lincoln, Newcastle, and Kerman (all California). In 1972 he took a position with the California Department of Corrections first at Soledad Prison and then at the prison in Wasco. He retired from the CDC in 1997. Soon after, he began pastoring again at the United Methodist churches in Shafter and Delano (California). After he retired from the Methodist Church in 2003, he pastored the Wasco Lutheran Church until 2013. He moved to Redlands, CA in 2014.
Alf was loved and highly regarded wherever he lived. He was active in any community he lived in. Alf always enjoyed playing the violin. He took pride in being able to complete the NY Times and LA Times crossword puzzles, “in ink”. Alf was a scholar, he continued studying throughout his adult life; he would study video college courses, amassing a large collection of courses covering numerous subjects. Throughout his life he wrote poetry and short stories; he has published three books of poetry. The poems in his most recent collection were all written after he turned 80.
Services will be held at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA on January 23, at 3:00 pm.