Charles M. Christensen, a 55-year resident of California and a 51-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Oct. 9, 2018, in Palm Springs. He was 90 years old.
The son of Richard and Ella Christensen, he was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years and was retired as a chief warrant officer 2. Mr. Christensen served in Vietnam, where he was awarded among others the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. He also received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained while saving his unit’s commanding officer’s life during an attack on his compound.
He went on to work as branch manager of Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union. He was a California Real Estate salesman and broker and a senior quality assurance/quality control supervisor for defense contractors testing light armored vehicles for the Marine Corps.
He was retired.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, a Retired Activities Office volunteer at the Twentynine Palms Marine base and a past president and trustee of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Foundation. He was a lifetime member of the Twentynine Palms Elks, serving in various positions including exalted ruler, as well as president of South District PER Association and deputy district grand exalted ruler.
Chuck was a voracious reader and music lover. He enjoyed volunteering in the community.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, his former wife, Dee Christensen, and his son, Thomas M. Christensen.
He is survived by his sister, Patricia Crecco, of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, his son Charles R. Christensen (Debbie), of Costa Mesa, and his daughters, Patricia York (Terry), of Blanco, Texas, and Ellen Harrison, of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held at a later date.
We will miss his guidance, support, wit and sense of humor.