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Rex Christensen


Salina, Utah – Rex Armond Christensen, age 95, of Salina, passed away January 7, 2024, in Richfield, Utah.  

He was born August 16, 1928 in Elsinore, Utah to Emeron and Kathleen Christensen. He married his sweetheart, JoAnn Sandberg, December 2, 1968 and was later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on October 15, 1977.  Together they raised four children. 

After returning home from the Korean Conflict, Rex began his 40-year career as a banker. He worked in banks,  both in Richfield and Kanab, and eventually settling in Salina, where he finished his last 22 years with Zion’s First National Bank until his retirement in 1993. Rex was blessed with a natural love for people.  He had an open-door policy and loved his fishbowl office in the corner where he could see every friend who visited the bank.  

Rex was an active member of the community where he served in many civic functions including 32 years on the governing board of the Sevier Valley Hospital.  He was a member of the Snow College Economic Development Committee, and he was also a proud member of the Salina Lions Club for 26 years. During his time as a Lion, he had the opportunity to serve as president of Salina’s Lions Club and then as District and Vice District Governor.

Rex is a faithful member of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held many positions throughout his life, including Bishop of the Salina 2nd Ward and as an ordinance worker at the Manti LDS Temple. He found joy and fulfillment in his church service.

Rex’s genuine concern for people has been evident throughout his life and he has developed a multitude of friendships wherever he has served.

Rex found his greatest joy in his family.  He was a loving husband and father and a favorite with his grandkids, and he adored his two great-grandchildren.

Rex is survived by his wife, JoAnn, his four children, Stephanie (Brigham) Stinebaugh, of Heber City; Christine (Kyle) Memmott, Mesquite, Nevada; Stephen (Marci) Christensen, Herriman; Amy (Sean) Merayo, of Grants, New Mexico; 14 grandchildren: Andrew(Raegan), Lauren (Isaac), Jared (Tanner), Mattison (Andrew), Jordan, Isaac, Morgan, Emma, Maren, Dagen, Mathew, Lucas, Sam, Heber; great grandson: Maverick; two sisters-in-laws, Cherie Christensen and Norma Christensen.

He is preceded in death by parents; siblings: Lila Lee (Dick) Isbell, Jack Christensen, Gwen (Newell) Bryan, Clark Christensen, and one great-granddaughter: Gentry Mae Memmott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 12:00 P.M. at the Salina Creek LDS chapel, 87 South 100 East in Salina.  Friends may call for viewing at Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, 150 East Main Street, on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.

 Live streaming of the services can be found at: under Rex’s obituary about 15 minutes prior to starting time.

Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery under the care of Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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