John David Christensen
June 29, 1941 – August 2, 2019
John David Christensen was born on June 29, 1941 and passed away on August 2, 2019.
Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home
11111 N. Aurora Ave.
John David Christensen
August 19, 2019
John was the consummate Coast Guard marine inspector. I first met John in 1980 when the dispatcher told me to go find him working somewhere over at Todd Shipyard Seattle. I roamed around the shipyard and finally found him deep in the engine room of the Washington state ferry KLAHOWYA, swinging an oversized welder's hammer on the bottom plate with great abandon, sweat pouring off his face - "I know there's a hole here" he said by way of introduction. I found his expertise to be signatory - matched by an attitude full of humor as well - he would pull up to a stoplight on the way home and when I pulled alongside he would hold up a book of CFRs and pretend to be studying the regs. In our often spirited discussions of regulatory applicability, he would tap the regs against his temple and say "Carnac says" like the old Johnny Carson character.
His love of coffee was equally notable - and without it he was a formidable presence - once he decided to do decaf for a while, as he felt too "excited" on regular. We soon found it necessary to take action - we waited until he went home once day, and we switched the regular and the decaf in the cans. For several weeks he was much more pleasant to be around, until we finally confessed! He commented that he was wondering why he felt so cheerful while on decaf....
John was truly accepting and supportive of anyone who wanted to work hard, whether a green English major like me or the first female marine inspectors who joined our office. If you wanted to learn, he was ready to teach. A mentor to me and many others, he was a strong champion of doing things the right way - it was high praise when you got his seal of approval.
John's traits of hard work, unstinting diligence, and ready humor have stayed with me for almost 40 years - I still think of them, and am guided by them, as readily as I did back in 1980.
August 14, 2019
I will always remember John and his coffee... We had a Ford Club Picnic at Butch's old house. I didn't think we needed coffee for a picnic and John made sure I knew Norwegian's drink coffee 7x24. LOL!!! Ever since that picnic, he would always make me smile, with showing me he had a cup of coffee in his hand. John you'll be missed greatly!!! I hope that God has a cup of coffee waiting for you. Mike and Trina Rees