Obituary for Gary Christensen

Gary Ray Christensen, “Mr. C” and “Uncle Gary” age 83, of Mesa, passed away on Oct. 10, 2020, in his second home, The Big Red Truck. Gary, born on May 15, 1937, in Pima, was a 31-year veteran teacher from Queen Creek Unified School District, teaching subjects in math, science, girls basketball, and wood shop. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, lifetime member of the NRA, and gun safety instructor.

Gary was everyone’s favorite Uncle and a military veteran who served in Korea.  He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark.  He was passionate about family and always supported his nieces and nephews in shooting activities and other family events.

Gary is survived by Betty Cook (94), Rose Shumway(90), Carol Shupe, Joy Jones, and Jim Christensen.

Gary Christensen

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Sarah Jane Christensen; Beth Ellsworth, Phil Christensen, Geraldine Harrison, Lot Christensen, Coreen and Coleen Christensen (twins), and Jane Theobald.  

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Oct. 16, with a viewing at 3 p.m. and services at 4 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel located at 745 North Val Vista Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85205.

Interment will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m., in the Pima Cemetery located at 800 S., 400 West in Pima, Arizona 85543.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bunker Family Funeral & Cremations and McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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