Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot on June 3, 1924, died in Orofino on Dec. When he was almost a year old, his mother carried him a block down the street to visit her friend who had that day given birth to Edith Clark. Postal Inspection Service for over 20 years and as a police chief for Amtrak in Los Angeles, CA for five, before retiring in 1982 to Blackfoot.Rex met her the day she was born, and would marry her 19 years later in 1944. At the end of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator on a B-29. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he served as Patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with funeral services to follow at 10 a.m. Wayne is survived by his wife, Karen; his son, Brad and Lori Blue of Hillsboro, OR; his daughter, Brenda and Joe Funaro of Lewiston; his brother, Oren Blue; sisters, Cora Miller of Kamiah and Betty Skinner of Othello, WA; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to a non-profit organization for Parkinson's disease research. Lee grew up in Euclid, OH, where he graduated from Euclid High School, and then joined the United States Marine Corps.
After completing his term with the Marines, Lee then joined the US Navy, from which he retired after 22 years, as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
Lee met Phyllis Coon in a high school math class, and in 1958 they were married. Lee and Phyllis were a powerful force working together through the years, in their family and their many contributions to their community, no matter where the military or life sent them.
They maintained decades-long relationships with many people, who remained dear to them throughout their lives together.
While he was in the military, Lee pursued a college education between deployments, and in 1980, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Old Dominion University in Virginia.
This degree opened the path to achieve his lifetime goal to be an attorney.
After retirement from the Navy, Lee was off to law school and his next career.
Utilizing one last move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest daughter, Jackye, moved to Moscow where he was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law.
He and Jackye attended college together for two years, a truly rare and unique opportunity for a father and daughter.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in Orofino where he and Phyllis put down deep roots.