Dewey Lauritz Christensen
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HISTORY OF DEWEY LAURITZ CHRISTENSEN
Written by Kathryn Christensen—Granddaughter
January 24, 2015
Dewey Lauritz Christensen was born 27 day of April 1898 in Ephraim, Sanpete, County, Utah to David and Christine (Stena) Josephine Andersen Christensen. Lars Sheldon Anderson gave Dewey a name and blessing on 3rd of July 1898. Lars Sheldon Anderson was Dewey’s maternal grandfather.
Dewey had many siblings he was very close to in life. His parents, David and Stena, had 8 children:
1. Clayton David 27 Oct 1893—29 March 1894.
2. Rollo Lyman 14 February 1896.
3. Dewey Lauritz 27 April 1898.
4. LaNay Arden 29 January 1901.
5. Nellie Marguerite 23 April 1904.
6. Lars Sheldon 15 November 1906.
7. Fauntabelle Pearl 16 April 1910.
8. Robert Glenn 7 May 1913.
Dewey was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by James P. Olsen, and confirmed along with receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by Horace Thornton on 30 April 1907.
Dewey had blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and was 5 feet 8 inches in height as stated by his enlistment records to the National Guard of the United States.
Dewey enlisted in the National Guard on 10 February 1915 at the age of 16. He was mustered into U. S. service at Fort Douglas, Utah 9 July 1916, by Captain Eugene Santchi, U. S. Mustering Officer. Dewey was then in the service of the United States, under call of the President, from 19 June 1916 to 8 March 1917, during WWI. He was appointed Sergeant, a noncommissioned officer in the armed forces.
His occupation was recorded as student and that he had farming skills. His enlistment record also states that he had very good horsemanship skills. Excellent, was written next to his character rating, and other remarks included: service, honest and faithful.
Dewey was honorably discharged from the National Guard of the United States and of the State of Utah 4th of August 1917 by Fred Jorgensen, Captain, Utah Cavalry. His physical condition when discharged was, very good.
Dewey married Elicia Mary Ann Larsen the 4th of August 1919 at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple, 18 December 1919. Dewey and Elicia eloped and got married without their parent’s knowledge. When they returned from their marriage, both of their parents took them straight to the Manti Temple to be sealed. In those days expectations were that you should be married in the temple.
Dewey and Elicia’s first child, Norma Dee Christensen, was born 10 April 1920 in Ephraim, Sanpete County, Utah. Then came their second daughter, Elicia Maurice, 12 January 1922 in Moroni, Utah. Eris Vonniel was born 12 August 1923 in Ephraim and died 17 January 1924; she was only a little over 5 months old. On 28 of May 1925 Betty Gean was born. Then came Lila Lee 20 April 1928. Sadness would bring Ruth on 22 February 1930 as she died that same day and in buried in the Ephraim City cemetery next to her sister Eris. A boy, Dewey LaMont Christensen arrived 16 December 1934, six girls, and now finally a boy for Dewey Lauritz Christensen.
Dewey was a carpenter by trade. He built houses in Ephraim and did construction jobs. He worked at the Tooele Army Depot building houses and barracks for the government for a time. Later in life he was the custodian of the Ephraim North Ward building for 10 years.
Dewey had a great sense of humor. He loved to joke and prank with his brothers, friends, and family of Ephraim.
Dewey was made a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the 24 of October 1965.
On the back of his father, David Christensen, family group sheet Dewey wrote:
Father, after Mother’s death, was very hard to bear. They were very close to each other. I remember the time he would just set and ponder. He didn’t have too much to say but he missed her very much. We would visit him nearly every day, and do for him as best we could. But still he was alone.
Then my wife and I moved in with him to try to make him feel at home. We did succeed to some extent. But he was along in years, and our children seemed to bother. So we moved back home again.
Father and I were very close to each other all our lives. He depended on me very much in his later years.
The rest of the family had moved to different places to make their lively-hood. Although my brothers and sisters were very liberal, and did contribute to his care.
Father was very appreciative of all we tried to do. He was honest in his dealings with everyone, and was an example to all of us. I have wished many times that I could have been more like him.
To we children home wasn’t just a house—it was home. We were warm and didn’t want for anything. I think both of them left this life with no regrets. I’m very proud to be one of there children. They have left us many sweet memories and good examples. May we live to over come our weaknesses so that we may be with them again, back home where we were together once before.
God surely has blessed us, and it will be up to us to live that we may be with them again. I am sure the Lord was pleased with their mission on the earth. I am very proud of my brothers and sister, too. And of my darling wife and family, and that I am a Latter-day Saint, which was made possible through the lives of Father and Mother.
Dewey Lauritz Christensen died 26 June 1969 in a hospital in Salt Lake City. He died of carcinoma. He was buried in the Ephraim City cemetery.