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Harry E. Christiansen


Last updated 11/26/2017 at Noon

Our dad peacefully passed away on Nov. 14, 2017 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He lived a full life and we are honored to call him Dad, D.O.D., Pa, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa. We have no doubts that plenty of Harry stories will be told for days, weeks, years to come. We will remember our Dad as a man who had immense pride in his family and gave us his unconditional love and support. His story, told in his own words….

Harry E. Christiansen was born on Dec. 25, 1930 in Fresno, Calif. to Danish immigrants Hans Christiansen and Alma Hansen. He had a fraternal twin brother, who died in a drowning accident in 1943.

He graduated from Fresno High School in 1948 and Fresno State College in 1956 (after having proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, 1951-1953, with one, 1951-1952, in Korea).

He moved to San Francisco upon graduating from college, and then to Sacramento, Los Angeles, Upland, Claremont, and finally to Fallbrook. Harry worked in public accounting, land development, home building, venture capital, mining, electronic manufacturing, international marketing, and real estate sales during this time. His public service included 20 years (1992-2012) as an elected member of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group.

He married Leatrice (Lee) Morgan in 1954 (subsequently divorced in 1974). They had three children (all still surviving): Scott (Teresa), Karen (Doug Schindler), and Jay (Deborah). And, they produced five grandchildren and three great-grandsons, so far.

Met Isabel Lake in 1976 and they lived in un-married bliss for 40 years.

It has been a very satisfying life with lots of interesting challenges, people, things to do, and places to see.

No regrets. So, please, no grieving.

Final arrangements are all private.


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