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Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot June 3, 1924, died in Orofino on Dec. 29, 2012 of natural causes.
When he was 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. Rex met her the day she was born, and would marry 19 years later in 1944. They were married for 68 years.
At the end of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator on a B-29. He worked for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for over 20 years and as a police chief for Amtrak for five, retiring in 1982 to Blackfoot.
He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, and he served as patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter LaRae Call, grandson Rick LeBaron and great-grandson Logan LeBaron. He is survived by his wife Edith, his son-in-law Lynn, daughter Annette LeBaron (Doug), son Kevin (LeeAnn); 16 grandchildren, 41 great- grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Orofino LDS church building at 13610 Freemont Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to a non-profit organization for Parkinson's disease research.