|Robert & Verda Mae during honeymoon to Sun Valley, ID|
|My parents just before their Marriage|
|My parents cutting their|
|Dad & Mom in front of their first|
Rose Park home on 900 N after
he completed his schooling ( about four kids later)
|Family photo without Carlton|
As the family grew and the evaluated locations to expand, Rose Park came back as the place to stay. My parents found a two year old home at 810 N 1500 W, belonging to someone from our church who had built it, but decided to move. Spencer, Bradley, Nancy and Carlton were born while they lived here. It became known as the family home, and my wife Cathy and I own it and still live in the home today. My older brother Milton became ill at age 11 and died from blood disorder, that was a form of leukemia. Milton only lived a few months after being diagnosed and my mother found herself expecting her youngest, Carlton Jay Christensen (that's me) to be born about six months later. Subsequently we have no photo with the whole family.
|Carlton at age 1|
Life in our family was a typical family experience and my parents were blessed to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, the marriage of Elliott & Jennifer, their eldest son and the birth of their eldest grandchild, Evan.
|Mom & Dad in front of their home at 810 N 1500 W|
|Dad dictated to Clayton his autobiography in|
his final few months of his life
My parents had always been active in the community and in our faith, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving both in numerous capacities, and Dad had just been released as the Stake President of the Rose Park Stake, due to his illness in November of 1975. It was a pretty hard time for me, I was only 10, and I struggled with his loss for many years.
While no family photo was every complete and my mother who became widowed at 53, would live nearly another 30 years, their marriage proved to be a living example of good people who love their savior and demonstrated an endless commitment to each other. While our family is far from perfect, and we have all had our struggles, we were blessed with good parents who we knew loved us and did their best under the circumstances. While yesterday came with little fanfare and celebration, I am thankful in my heart for their commitment to each other and in particular having that one more kid! Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
|Family Photo taken in celebration of my parents|