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Thomas Jens Christiansen Jr.

September 28, 1959November 9, 2020

Thomas (Tommy) Jens Christiansen, Jr. passed away November 9, 2020 in Dallas, TX after courageously battling metastatic melanoma. He was surrounded by his adoring wife and children. The oldest son of Thomas and Ruth Christiansen, Tommy was born on September 28, 1959 in Midland, Michigan. His family moved to Cherry Hill, NJ before settling in Dallas, TX where Tommy graduated from Bryan Adams High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Texas and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

As a young boy, Tommy developed a love of aviation and asked his parents for flying lessons. By this time, Thomas and Ruth had seven children so providing flight lessons would have been a challenge. Not to be discouraged, Tommy used his strong will and determination to put himself through flight training and become a professional pilot. As a highly-respected aviator, Tommy had more than 35 years of flying experience. He proudly worked for TLC Air, Jet East, and American Airlines where he spent the past 29 years flying both internationally and domestically. His longtime career with American allowed him to travel the world and take his family on amazing adventures. Tommy’s love of aviation is shared by his children, both of whom he was immensely proud: Anna enjoys a career with a commercial airline, and Matthew is a professional pilot.

Tommy had a strong sense of family, and nothing pleased him more than to open his home for family events, holidays, and celebrations. His children as well as numerous nieces and nephews have a lifetime of memories celebrating birthdays, school parties, weddings, and more at Uncle Tommy’s place. After family, his next love was the outdoors. Tommy was an avid hunter and considered the deer lease his “happy place.” He took pride in managing the deer lease not only for himself but for all the members to have a place to get away and share his love of nature. A man of the highest character and strongest work ethic, Tommy was truly one of the good guys.

A beloved friend of many, Tommy will be deeply missed by those who were fortunate enough to have their lives touched by him. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Eric. He is survived by his loving wife, Elise Silverfield May and their devoted children Anna Sterling Christiansen and Matthew Jayson May as well as his admiring grandson, Liam Thomas Christiansen. Also cherishing his memory are Tommy’s caring sisters Mary Sue (Bob) Gaston, Cathleen (Jerry) Shipley, Julia (Bill) Hebding, Sarah (Scott) Elkins, Ellen (Jerry) Franks, mother-in-law Nora Silverfield, brother-in-law Martin Silverfield, sister-in-law Debbie (Sid) Scheinberg, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Philip Braun

November 21, 2020

I met Tommy many years ago when we were both members of the National Sportsman's Club. The NSC went out of business, and I lost touch with him. A number of years later, I learned through a mutual friend, that Tommy managed a deer lease near Hico, Texas. I reconnected with Tommy, and joined the lease. As time went on, I would mainly call to talk about deer hunting. I always thought that there was something different about Tommy that set him apart from others, in a positive way. Tommy is one of the nicest guys I have ever met, and I am lucky to have known him.

Richard Wolf

November 16, 2020

I had the pleasure of flying with Tom many times. His command of the aircraft was superb. His confidence and professional disposition made him one of my favorite pilots to fly with. I knew I was going to enjoy my next sequence when I saw his name on my schedule. He will be missed. I'm honored and blessed to have worked with Tom and will think of him often.
Sincerely Richard Wolf

John Elsey

November 14, 2020

Tommy (Tom) and I flew together on many occasions on the 737. Being senior, we both flew turnaround trips. I knew after our first flight together that I wanted to pair with Tom whenever possible. He was the consummate professional and an aviator with good instincts. He was never down, and would bring smiles to all who worked with him. I was always excited to see his name on my crew list. I knew that good times were ahead. He will be greatly missed.

Dean & Nancy Hines

November 12, 2020

My parents, Hal and June Hines, live down the street. As we visited my folks, our kids grew up in Tommy’s pool, back acres, go cart, mini motorcycle. Just a few weeks ago we ate some of Tommy’s deer sausage! And, knowing that Tommy was down the street from my folks was a source of comfort as well.

Alan and Gay Sinz

November 11, 2020

As all have said a truly fine young man. Our world needs more like Tommy Christensen. He will be missed by everyone.

Richard Coan

November 11, 2020

Tommy was one of the best men I have ever known. He was an awesome pilot, but was always humble. He lived his life like most of us wish we lived. He could do just about anything and would help anyone anytime if they asked. He was just a special person and is leaving us much too soon. I flew with Tommy more than any one pilot at American Airlines. I have many stories, but I remember going into Newark with crosswinds right at aircraft limitations. We managed to land safely, and I can remember his giggle as we taxied to the terminal. I am not ready to let him go.

Nolan Icenhower

November 11, 2020

I've known Tommy for years. When he was very young he would do my bird mounts.
He was very good at it. I was totally impressed with the detail he took in his work. Im sure he's always been very motivated to succeed in what ever he decided on..he was a awsome person. So glad to have meet him...thru his Sister Mary Sue...🙏for your family
Nolan Icenhower

Ruth Mulkerrins

November 11, 2020

Dearest Tommy Family,
It is with a heavy heart to know that someone so wonderful was taken away much to young. Way before anyone was ready. God will hold him and take care of him now. He will rest with his family in the heavens and shine down on you all with his loving eyes and be your angel. He accomplished so much here on Earth. I don’t think he left many stones unturned. What a wonderful man Tommy always will be!! He will truly be missed.
With my love and condolences,
Ruth

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