1966 - December 31, 2007
William Dale Christensen, age 41, - a loving father, son, brother, boss and friend - died Dec. 31, 2007, after being swept away in an avalanche while snowmobiling.
He was surrounded by his family and friends.
Christensen was born Sept. 14, 1966, in Roosevelt to Bill and Carolyn Christensen. He graduated from Altamont High School. It is there that he met the love of his life, Stephanie Lane Jessen.
Dale and Stephanie were married Nov. 16, 1985, and they had three children; Dewey, Tyson and Whitney. Christensen's family was his world.
Christensen loved to build stuff - whatever he could dream up, his hands could build. As a small boy, he was always taking things apart and putting them back together.
In 1998, they established Hot Oil Express. The company grew quickly and expanded with Christensen's vision and hard work. It currently runs 12 semis in the areas of hot oil services, welding, water trucks, acid truck, mega heaters, filter pots, ladder building and pipe hauling.
He loved his employees. He always said he had a big "Hot Oil Express Family," and that is how he felt about each and everyone of his employees.
Dale and Stephanie's love for the outdoors led them down another path in 2004, with the start of Rockin' C Ranch and the purchase of cattle trucks, 230 head of cattle and their horses. Most recently, this is where they were able to find peace and enjoyment - along with hard work - with their family.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Lane Christensen; children, William Dewey (Shelby) Christensen, Tyson D. Christensen and Whitney Rashae Christensen; parents, Bill and Carolyn Christensen; parents-in-law, Mac and Cynthia Jessen; siblings, Connie (Don) Thomas, Gaylinn (Mike) Frandsen, Janise (Mike) Taylor, Loni (Shalon) Christensen, in-laws, Rachel (Johnny) Walters, DeeDee (Steve) Wheeler, Nick (Erica) Jessen and 27 niece and nephews.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Rue and Anona Miles, Jess and Beatrice Christensen, Anna Hartman, William Dewey Jessen, brother-in-law Jodi Mac Jessen, and uncle, Larry McKee.
Christensen's huge heart and loving hands will be missed by all those who knew him. The family would like to express their gratitude for all the love and support from the community and to all those involved in the rescue efforts.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. today at the Altamont LDS Stake Center.
Burial in the Altamont Cemetery is under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary.