Hyrum J. (Buckley) Christensen


January 12, 1923 ~ January 8, 2015
Hyrum J. (Buckley) Christensen, age 91, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 at his home in Monticello, UT.
Born to LeNora and Wilford Christensen on January 12, 1923,
Buckley was raised in Monticello and was a life-long resident.
He loved his five sisters, Rowena, Donna, Bonnie, Beverly and Sheryl. They taught him to dance and treat women with gentlemanly grace. All of them have preceded him in death.
He attended Monticello High School where he participated in band, sports, and every dance in a 100-mile radius. During his teens, he worked at the service station, hauled hay, and operated the movie projector at the theater.
He loved singing with his friends, and soon they were performing at many Monticello events.
After graduation, Buckley worked for the Grazing Service building roads and reservoirs in the summers and attending college in the winters.
Buckley served in Korea in the Army Corps of Engineers and was honorably discharged after his term of service.
Although he worked at several jobs, he spent most of his adult life employed at Young’s Machine Company.
He married Clyda Barton, the pretty girl he always had his eye on since junior high, on August 8, 1952 in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by their five children, Monte (Trudy) Christensen, Marcia (LeGrand) Black, Mary Lee (Bill) Johns, Mike (Tiffany) Christensen, and Miriam Ann (Mitzi) (Jeff) Joseph.
He also leaves behind 28 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. All have been enriched by his delightful humor, his love of God, country and the Blue Mountains and his legacy of quiet service to others.
After his wife, Clyda, died in 1993, he married Yvonne Chamberlain Burr. They spent almost 20 years in their retirement years exploring San Juan County and enjoying life together.
Buckley was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions including teacher, Stake Dance Instructor, Counselor in the Bishopric, and High Councilor.
His funeral will be held in the Monticello North Chapel on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held before the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Buckley loved Monticello and its residents! Thank you for your kindness and friendship through the years.

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