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Obituary for Donald G, Christensen
Donald G. Christensen, 95, of Harbor, passed away quietly June 21, 2010 at his home of natural causes. He was born January 4, 1915, in Bakersfield, California to Fred and Pearl Christensen. Don was an only child and grew up to be very independent and self motivated. With his parents both working, Don, at a very early age, became a businessman himself, selling papers, mowing lawns, peddling a “new vegetable” – asparagus and later repairing and owning a variety of slot machines that he strategically placed in bars and markets. He graduated from Shafter, California and opened a hardware business in the back of his mother’s variety store. For many years, he farmed in the Shafer and Tehachapi area, raising cotton and potatoes. He formed a partnership with his mother in buying, repairing and selling home and store rentals where he became a “Jack of all trades”. He also owned a liquor store. Mr. Christensen served in the US Navy during World War II, spending time in the Aleutians and the South Pacific. After the war he returned to Shafter, married Lorraine Kleinkauf, a teacher from Nebraska, and continued farming, along with his rental business. They had one daughter, Ann. In 1971 the family moved to Roseburg, Oregon where he built Western Star Mobile Home Park and from 1975 - 1977 he remodeled and operated Shady Bend RV Park in Gasquet, California. In 1978 Don and Lorraine moved to Coachella, California to raise table grapes and dates. They purchased a home in Harbor, as a summer home and in 1994, they retired and moved here permanently. Don enjoyed being outside - building and planting. He was an avid walker, enjoyed traveling with his family, and spent many hours chatting with the “guys” at Fred Meyers and McDonalds. Survivors include his daughter Ann Christensen; grandchildren Deirdre (Dee Dee) Christensen and Gregory Christensen, two sister-in-laws, two nieces and a nephew. Don was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28th at the Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave. in Brookings. Remembrances may be made to the Brookings Presbyterian Church.