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Jan Newell Christensen

April 26, 1941 ~ September 9, 2022 (age 81)

Obituary

Jan Newell Christensen, 81, son of Helene Brummett Christensen and Junius Newell Christensen, was born in Utah Valley Hospital, Provo, Utah on April 26, 1941.  He passed away in Fremont, California on September 9, 2022 of natural causes. Jan was living at the time of his death in the Amato group home where he was cared for by a Filipino staff with much love and kindness.  Jan's family is very grateful for the loving care given to Jan at the Amato home.

Jan as an infant lost his cognitive ability because of grand mall seizures.  He lived in California all his life in centers for the developmentally disabled. He was loved by his parents who visited him often.  He is survived by four siblings: Bette Mignon Christensen (Gibson) Provo, Utah; Bonnie Kaye Christensen (Martin), Lindon, Utah; JoAnne Christensen (Eskelsen), Stanwood, Washington; and James Curtis Christensen of Salem, Utah.  

Jan's caregivers reported that he was a very sweet person.  They could tell when he was happy and content, which was most of the time.  He made friends easily.  One doctor set him up with "face book", Jan style.  It was a mirror attached to the tray on his wheelchair.  He loved it!  He also enjoyed it when his father or brother Jim would take him outside for a ride in his wheelchair.  He loved listening to his sister JoAnne sing Primary songs to him.  At a very young age Jan could sing these songs with perfect pitch.  Even with his profound disabilities he had the family trait of loving good, rich food.  He also enjoyed interacting with the people who visited or cared for him.  He always had a big smile for them.  At night, he snuggled in the quilts on his bed.  For a time, a resident cat was quite happy to sleep with Jan at night.

Jan's brother and sisters are at peace and happy for him.  They know that he is with his parents, where there is much rejoicing.

He was interred next to his father and mother in the Lindon Cemetery on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.  His brother and sisters held a graveside ceremony after his body was prepared for burial by the Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.

 

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Services

Private Family Graveside Service

Lindon City Cemetery
600 North 200 East
Lindon, UT 84042

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