Posted: Tue 12:30 PM, Dec 26, 2017
Funeral Home: Rasmussen Funeral Home
BURLEY – Perry George Christensen, 91, of Burley, passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care in Burley.
He was born May 30, 1926, in Moroni, Utah, to Archibald Paul Christensen and Florence Christensen. Farming had been in his blood all of his life. He had a real love of the land. As a boy, he helped his father on their dry farm taking care of the cows. He was inducted into the United States Army in 1944, and served in the Philippines. When he returned, he married Bonnie Hope Morley of Moroni, Utah, in 1948, and moved to Shelly, Idaho. They purchased a farm on the developing Black Canyon Project in Caldwell, Idaho. Perry loved his farm. In 1959, Interstate 84 was constructed through his dairy farm. He subsequently moved his family to Burley and purchased sage-brush property in the Starrah’s Ferry area and turned virgin ground into a well-developed and prosperous farm. Perry’s favorite crop to grow was potatoes.
During the 1960s-1970s, he was involved with the National Farmers Organization; he served as the vice-president in the Burley area, and also represented them on the Idaho State Potato Board. Perry has always enjoyed service. He not only helped in the community, but served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including, the Caldwell branch clerk, and Sunday school president and ward clerk in the Star Ward. He was instrumental in building the first brick church while living in Middleton and, upon his relocation to Burley, he assisted in the construction of the Burley 5th and 7th ward and Star ward churches. Perry and Bonnie served a mission to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound from 1990-1991. He was frequently found helping his neighbors with whatever task he could.
After Bonnie’s passing in 1992, Perry married an old friend, Shirley Coombs, in 1993. They were married 21 years and served in the Boise Idaho Temple.
In addition to his first wife, Bonnie, Perry was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife, Shirley; a grandson, Nathan Madsen; and five older siblings, Lowell Christensen, Warren Christensen, Florence Plueger, Grace Hecox, and Ellen Tomlinson.
He is survived by his younger brother, Burt Christensen (Grace) of Richfield, Utah; his children, George M. Christensen (Mryna) of Mount Pleasant, Utah, Andrea Madsen (Doug) of Fountain Green, Utah, Paul Christensen (Karen) of Burley, John Wade Christensen of Fountain Green, Utah, and Maria Brown (Robert) of Burley. Between the two families, he was blessed with 44 grandchildren; and 84 great-grandchildren. Perry was known to be the best grandpa in Idaho!
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Star 1st Ward, 96 S. 200 W., of Burley. Military rites will be accorded by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, preceding the service at the church.