Donald E. Christensen Jr.

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Donald Eugene Christensen Jr., 76, of Clayton, passed away Friday Oct. 15, 2021, at Northbrook Care Center in Cedar Rapids.

Services will be held at a later date. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Don was born July 20, 1945, in Fort Dodge, the son of Donald and Anne (Green) Christensen Sr. He graduated from West Bend High School and Armstrong College in Berkeley, Calif. He married Eileen Bauer on Oct. 21, 1967, in West Bend. He traveled to the west coast while serving in the Navy as a member of the inaugural crew of the USS Camden. In the early 90’s Don went to work for FEMA as a small business disaster loan processer, responding to the aftermath of the Rodney King riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, 9/11 (in the Buffalo office), Hurricane Katrina and ultimately traveling to Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he became a master diver. He retired from the Small Business Administration of the U.S. Government in 2019. Don was an avid boater and fisherman, and a connoisseur of country music and his homemade oyster stew (which never failed to gross out his family). 

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eileen Christensen; his children, Sean Christensen of Hiawatha and Melanie Christensen of Woodland, Calif.; sisters, Betty Henely (Harlan, deceased) and Sharon Naughton (Mark) and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Sonya Cardani.

Memorials may be sent to St. Luke’s Hospice.

Please leave a message for the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.

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