Mark Kent Christiansen-
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Mark Kent Christiansen
1944 ~ 2014
Hooray for Mark! After living 70 years, 54 as a quadriplegic, he passed away peacefully in his home on September 11, 2014 surrounded by his children. He was born to Rolf and Irene Kleven Christiansen on July 18, 1944 in Salt Lake City and lived there his entire life.
When Mark was 16, he was in a diving accident and was immediately paralyzed from the neck down. He miraculously survived and outlived his life expectancy by decades. Despite being in a wheelchair, his life was full of outstanding accomplishments. He graduated from Granite High School and worked in many business capacities, including real estate and insurance. He also owned his own stock brokerage. Mark spent the last 24 years serving on the Board of Directors for the Utah Independent Living Center.
Mark’s greatest joy came from his family. He married, and fathered three children: Nathan, Marni and Kara. They, along with his brother, Renn, created cherished memories from a life filled with adventure. He loved to travel, especially to Lake Powell and to see his loved ones in Norway. He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Utes and the Jazz. Despite his physical limitations he enjoyed adaptive snow skiing and paragliding; but most of all, loved to work out with his friends at Neuroworx. Mark had a lifelong testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life was filled with service to others and was a true example of unconditional love.
He is survived by his children, Nathan (Katy Demong), Marni Timmerman (Rob), Kara Jones (Brighton), three sisters and one brother, and his precious granddaughter, Millie J.
Thank you to everyone who so selflessly served and loved our Dad. He dreamed of the day he would be reunited with his parents, running to meet them, swinging his little Mommy around in his arms.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Garden Heights Ward, 2220 East Fisher Lane (2935 South) Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the same location. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to neuroworx.org or uilc.org in Mark’s memory.