My ancestors, Lars and Anne Marie Christensen emigrated to Utah in 1861 and were married on board their ship, The Monarch of the Sea. They put down roots in our mountain home and we are their living legacy.
I grew up on the west side, back when it was a collection of scattered farming communities. I enjoyed the open spaces and sense of community. I studied hard, earned my Eagle rank in scouting, and graduated from Granger High. I attended Brigham Young University but put my education on hold to serve a church mission to Mexico where I learned to speak Spanish and love the people of the country.
When I returned to BYU, I married my high school sweetheart, Necia. We’ve been together fifty-two years, and have seven children, twenty-nine grand-children, and five great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
After earning my bachelor’s degree at BYU, we moved to California where I worked for the Boy Scouts of America for thirteen years. We returned to West Valley City in 1981, where I took a job as a teacher but felt like I had leadership to offer the educational community. In the end, I earned a Master’s degree from The University of Utah, and a Doctorate from BYU, serving as an educational administrator in the Granite District until my retirement in 2009.
I also became involved in public service, serving three times on the State Board of Education and being honored as the National State Boards of Education distinguished state member in 1994. After leaving the board, I volunteered to serve on the West Valley City Civic and Sister City Committees where I helped establish and strengthen our trade relations with Nantou Taiwan, and Boca del Rio in Vera Cruz Mexico.
In 2009 I was elected to my first of two terms on the city council. It’s been a wonderful thing to serve our city, to help it grow and prosper, and to be part of it’s development in the 21st century. I’m proud to be a West Valley Citizen.
My goals for the next four years are to continue the significant community and economic development we have experience in the past several years, strengthen our city, reinforce our relationships with local, state, and federal leaders, and bring increased support for transportation, neighborhood improvements, and public safety.
I believe that our city has a golden future with leaders who are willing to work together to take care of our infrastructure, growth, business, and residents.
Vote for Don Christensen.
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