Steven Duane Christiansen

Born: Mon., Nov. 17, 1952
Died: Sat., Mar. 10, 2012

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Steven Duane 'Too Tall' Christiansen Pendleton November 17, 1952-March 10, 2012 Steven Duane "Too Tall" Christiansen was killed in a car accident on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Steven was born on November 17, 1952, to Melvin R. and Iris V. Dykstra Christiansen in Pendleton, Oregon. When he was 3, they moved to Elgin, Oregon, where he attended school through the fifth grade. In 1964, they moved back to Pendleton where he graduated from Pendleton High School in 1971. He attended a year at Blue Mountain Community College. He played basketball from junior high school through college and the Army. He also participated in track in high school. In August 1972 he enlisted in the Army as a tank torrent repairman. He served two tours in Germany and several different posts in America. He was discharged from the regular Army in September 1983. He then served in the National Guard in Walla Walla and Kennewick, Wash. He retired after 20 years. After the service he worked several different jobs around Pendleton. For the last 10 years he worked for Elite Taxi Cab, which he loved. He loved the opportunity to meet different people. He was well liked and respected at the cab company. He always willing to help anyone who was in need of a ride, car repair, or a place to lay their head. He loved to hunt and take pictures. He was an avid collector of aquarium fish. He always had cats and dogs around him. Steve is survived by his mother, Iris Christiansen; brother Merlyn Christiansen and wife Lana; sister Carol Fitzsimmons and husband Dave; great-nephew Timothy Fitzsimmons, who lived with him; nieces Karen Fitzsimmons of Pendleton, Roberta Smith of Kennewick, Sandie Trowbridge of Redmond, Ore., and Shari of Colorado; nephews Kevin Christiansen of Portland, Ore., Melvin Fitzsimmons of Pendleton and Kip Christiansen and Chris Hancock, both of Redmond, Ore. There were numerous great-nieces and -nephews and one great-great-niece. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Christiansen, and both sets of grandparents. Funeral services will be held at Skyview Memorial Cemetery on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to the Veteran's Hospital in Portland, Ore., for returning vets from foreign wars Wounded Warrior Project through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.

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cristi wickert
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
iam sorry for you loss grandma irs and rest of the family iam going miss seeing his smile and his hugs and his jokes

frank wickert
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
we will turely miss him as he always help me when he was able and drop what he was doing to come and help me out he was a specail person to me and i will keep him in my heart and think of him doing the stuff that he loved to do my pryers are with you at this time of need and may god lead him to the great vally and be full of joy as we remeber for who he was and for the love he give god blesd the family

cynthia eliis-pryor
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
i have known uncle too tall for 18 yrs he has always been nice and always willing to help people when they needed help. he will be greatly missed

sandy walker
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
I will always remember you as the sweet, gentle brother of Merlyn and Carol and the dear son of Iris and Mel Christiansen. God Bless you

   Posted Thu March 15, 2012
To Iris, carol and family,my heart goes out to you all in the loss of your son, and brother. I will miss his smiling face,and deep voice, Great sense of humor. Vicki Stillman

Shari Oswald
   Posted Thu March 15, 2012
Grandma, Dad & Mom, and family: Please know my thoughts are with you tomorrow as you lay Steve to rest. I wish I could be there to hug you and pray with you in this time of Sorrow. God must have decided it was time to bring Grandpa his fishing pal. I picture them in a huge 6'10" bear hug as they greeted eachother in heaven. This brings a smile to my heart in such a sad time. Put your right hand on your left shoulder, your left hand on your right shoulder and squeeze, knowing I am there in spirit. Peace be with all of you~

Tonya Cortez
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Steven was my neighbor for as long as I can remember. The ironic thing is I never knew his name. However what I did know was he was always so polite & thoughtful. He watched me & my family grow up through the years. He always offered to help even with the littlest thing and was always smiling. He will definetly be missed by me & the rest of my family. Prayers to his family & my heart goes out to his mother. A great person was lost but never forgotten. May God help his family through this hard time....Rest In Peace.

Rhonda Polk
   Posted Sat March 31, 2012
Steve was a very good Friend/worker to all, I will miss his smile and jokes....he always went that extra mile for a person. condolences to the family.

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