Stanley Arnold Christianson
February 7, 1938 ~ July 16, 2014
Stanley Arnold Christianson died peacefully July 16, 2014, at his home in Leavenworth, WA, from pancreatic cancer at age 76. He was surrounded by family and, in the days before his death, was visited by friends and extended family. The son of Arnold Hanson and Ethel Luella (Olson) Christianson, Stan was born on February 7, 1938, in Creston, British Columbia, one of two children. Stan and his sister, Elaine, immigrated to the U.S. in 1945, first to Spokane, WA and lived with their uncle and aunt, Ken and Viola Grellette, in Snohomish, WA. Stan attended Auburn Adventist Academy, graduating in 1956. On June 2, 1957, Stan married Sara Nell Howard and the couple moved to Florida. They moved to Walla Walla, WA in 1960, where Stan attended college and worked for Harris Pine Mill. They moved to Renton, WA, then Redmond, WA, where they raised three children. Stan retired and, in 2001, moved to Cheney, WA. Stan married the love of his life, Doris Weed on July 11, 2004, and they resided in Leavenworth, WA, enjoying ten happy years together, celebrating their 10th anniversary prior to his death.
Stan worked 32 years for Safeway as a semi-truck driver, and was the recipient of the Million Mile Safe Driver award. Up until 2012, he drove truck for Marson & Marson Lumber in Leavenworth, WA. With an extended family, Stan loved spending time with all his “children” and “grandchildren”, and enjoyed traveling with Doris to Montana and Hot Springs, BC. Always quick with a joke, Stan enjoyed making people laugh. Throughout his life, Stan was an avid outdoorsman, gardener and loved woodworking. He enjoyed hiking in the Cascades and snowmobiling in the Leavenworth area. A lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, Stan was an elder and active in the Leavenworth SDA church up until three weeks before his death. He passed peacefully with his faith for “the twinkling of an eye” and the promise of salvation in Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Canadian Army LCpl. Arnold Hanson Christianson and Ethel Luella (Olson) Christianson. Stan is survived by his wife, Doris Christianson of Leavenworth; his sister, Elaine (Jim) Wilson of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Gail (Richard) Toebe of Renton, WA; and sons, Stanley (Kristiana) Christianson II of Conway, WA, Russell Christianson of Everett, WA; grandsons, Martin Toebe and Brandon (Rebecca) Toebe; granddaughter, Alicia Christianson; step-granddaughter, Kensington Lang; stepchildren, Scott (Connie) Praye of Port Orchard, Brian (Kathryn) Praye of Leavenworth, Cindy Praye of Bellevue, Wes Praye of Leavenworth; eight step-grandchildren; and three great-step-grandchildren.
The Christiansons thank Central Washington Hospital Hospice for their compassionate care of Stan, and the support, information, and responsiveness to them during his passing.
Services are 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Leavenworth Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 10600 Ski Hill Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Stan’s memory to the Leavenworth SDA Church, or Maranatha’s One Day Church.