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Lawrence Clyde Christensen - 4/17/2011

Class of 1936

Lawrence Clyde Christensen, age 93, beloved father, brother, grandfather and friend, passed away April 17, 2011 in St. George, Utah.

He was born July 29, 1917 in Nephi, Utah, the fifteenth of sixteen children born to James A. and Nicoline Nielsen Christensen. His mother and father had emigrated from Denmark as young teenagers. Clyde attended schools in Nephi, graduating from Juab High School in May 1936. During his school years he worked after school at his father’s shoe repair shop on Center Street just east of Main in Nephi, where he learned the family shoe repair trade along with his brothers.

He married Beth Bailey of Moroni, Utah September 2, 1938 in the LDS Manti Temple and they made their home in Nephi where Clyde ran the shoe shop until August of 1955 when he moved the family to St. George. There he operated a shoe repair shop in the back of Doyle Sampson’s shoe store on St. George Boulevard. In time, Clyde opened his own shoe repair shop, “Dixie Shoe Repair”, on Main Street where he loved to serve the public and meet the people of St. George. He had a sign on the shop wall that read: We mend the rips, Patch the holes, Build up your heels and save your soles (souls) ... Clyde Christensen.

He retired in 1982 after 27 years of repairing shoes in St. George following the 25 years in Nephi. He had saved a lot of soles over those years!

He was a faithful and dedicated member of the LDS Church, serving in many positions of responsibility during his years in Nephi and St. George. He loved to sing in the ward choir, loved good music, especially the Strauss Waltzes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the church hymns. He liked to dance, and learned to tap dance as a hobby.

After his retirement Clyde and Beth served an LDS temple mission in the Atlanta, Georgia Temple and following their return home they served as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple. They also served a stake mission.

He was a master joke teller, loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was always pleasant and fun to be with. After retirement he volunteered in the elementary schools, at Porter’s Rest Home and at the Chamber of Commerce Information Center.

After Beth passed away in July 2006 Clyde moved to “The Meadows Retirement Community” where he resided until March, 2011 when he moved to the home of Cori and Brian Cannon in Washington. He was there only a month before his passing. The Christensen Family appreciates the kind care of Cori Cannon, as well as the professional services of Dixie Hospice Care.

Clyde dearly loved his friends and neighbors in the St. George 5th Ward, as well as friends and staff at “The Meadows”.

He is survived by four children and spouses: Jackie and Reed Gardner, Salt Lake City, Shirley and Stan Jones, St. George, Carol and Steven Baker, Cedar City, and Kent and Vera Christensen of St. George; a sister Merlene Collard of Nephi; 20 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beth, his parents and 14 brothers and sisters.
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