Calvin Jay Christiansen
06/21/1931 – 11/29/2021
Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at home November 29, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Jay was born June 21, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert and Fay Christiansen. He attended Granite High School, and then joined the Navy at 18 and served five years.
He married his beautiful sweetheart, Barbara Reeves, on November 13, 1954, and they had five children.
When Jay was growing up, he loved animals and had many, but two favorites were his horse, Flicka, and his black sheep, Midnight. He was riding Flicka bareback along 500 East when Flicka was spooked by traffic and ran across 3300 South and Flicka ran right into the side of Tony’s hamburger shack (across from Granite High School) throwing Jay on the lean-to roof of Tony’s. He loved riding his bike, and would ride it everywhere, even for miles. While he was in the Navy, he had many experiences and wonderful stories he shared, and we loved hearing. One in particular, while in port in Hawaii, Jay was walking downtown and unexpectedly ran into his brother, Gene, who happened to be walking down the same street in Hawaii. They were on different ships and didn’t know the other was in port in Hawaii.
Jay was a hard-working man who could build or repair just about anything. He had a great laugh and was a great storyteller. He loved and enjoyed every precious minute with his wife and family. He will be missed more than words can express.
Jay is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 67 years, children: Jaylene (John) Rowley, Brenda C. Shaw, Clayton (Andrea) Christiansen, Lisa (Mark) Palmer, and Bobbie (John) Morgan; thirteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Fay, and his brother, Gene Christiansen.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery, 6500 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. at the same location. Graveside dedication will follow the service.