OBITUARY

Daniel Joseph Christiansen

July 6, 1955February 22, 2019

Daniel Joseph Christiansen was born July 6, 1955 to Roy and Shirley Christiansen in Salem, Oregon. Daniel was the oldest of five siblings – Kevin, Teresa, James, Marie, and Jane. His grandparents were Art and Helen Christiansen, and Jack and Henrietta Taggart. He spent a great deal of time with his grandparents in his youth and throughout their lives.

Daniel was a multifaceted gentleman. He loved Sherlock Holmes, baseball, and history. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Crop Science with high scholarship from Oregon State University. Then, he graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Accounting. He earned his Certified Public Accountant license which he diligently kept up throughout his business career. He enjoyed mental puzzles, ran marathons, and continually improved himself throughout his life. His love of language and literature allowed him to communicate in a unique, concise, and witty fashion. Daniel could clearly define and achieve his goals.

On June 5, 1982, Daniel accomplished one of his largest life goals and married Jennifer Mary Lulay in Portland, Oregon. In April of 1986 their first child, Carol Anne Christiansen, was born. He greeted Carol into the world with dozens of roses; becoming a father was another one of his life goals. In March 1990, Marc James Christiansen, their second child was born.

Daniel, Jennifer, Carol, and Marc enjoyed a full family life together going on vacations and spending the holidays with their extended families. Daniel was dedicated to his family and to his profession as a Vice President / Chief Financial Officer in the manufacturing industry. Both in his family life and his professional life, Daniel had an exuberant, passionate spirit, always giving and contributing his wonderful qualities of steadfast generosity, keen intelligence, quick wittedness, honesty, integrity, and loyalty.

Daniel was a brilliant leader fueled with deep compassion and love for all the lives he touched. He enjoyed encouraging and teaching the people around him. As a man of high character, it was important to him to protect and love those who were close to him. Daniel believed life must have a purpose, and this was his.

Along with his strong leadership qualities, Daniel maintained a childlike exuberance that spilled over into all aspects of his life. He brought a freshness to everything he was doing, no matter how serious his work was. His delightful, gentlemanly charm coupled with his witty, articulate intelligent nature was infectious and touched many peoples’ lives who know and love him.

We love you dearly and deeply Daniel, as you have dearly and deeply loved us. Your legacy of love, fresh passion, and exuberance for life carries on. Daniel Joseph Christiansen faithfully departed February 22, 2019.

Services

30 March

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary

6801 SW SUNSET HWY
PORTLAND, OR 97225

30 March

Reception

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary

6801 SW SUNSET HWY
PORTLAND, OR 97225

REMEMBERING

Daniel Joseph Christiansen

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Alan and Patti Keudell

March 17, 2019

To Jennifer and Family,
Our hearts hurt for you at the passing of Danny. Guess we are dating ourselves by calling him by his high school name. How can such a young and outgoing man leave so soon. We hope that you and your children hold on to the wonderful family memories that you created together. Sorry we won't be able to make the service as we will be out of town. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May the love and support of others help bring you peace. God bless you. Love, Patti (Highberger) and Alan Keudell

Paul Heuberger

March 7, 2019

Jennifer and family: My condolences on your loss. What I would tell people about Dan is that he was genuine and treated others like worthwhile individuals. I will remember him as a skinny lineman on the football team who never got discouraged and intimidated his opponent with perseverance. I wish you comfort in memories

Denise Dalke-Betker

March 7, 2019

Jennifer and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Danny’s passing. I know you call him Daniel but he will always be Danny to me. (He most likely didn’t like Danny) In reading his obituary, I am glad he never changed. I especially remember his quick, dry wit and his smile.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Denise Dalke Betker

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