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Franklin Delano Christiansen

Malad, Idaho... Franklin Delano Christiansen, 89 longtime Malad resident, passed away on Thursday March 23, 2023. Dell was born on April 19, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Henry Oscar and Ellouise Ethel Christiansen. 

He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he married Marjorie Ann Gilley. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his service was completed, he returned to go on and worked for PIE Truckline. They raised their 6 children in the country of Salt Lake County, along with many animals and pets, his favorites being sheep.  In 1978 they wanted to move up North and get away from the big city. So, they ended up in Malad. He drove back and forth for 10 years until his retirement. He loved the outdoors with hunting and fishing. Also, his favorite activity each week was to attend the local livestock Auctions. He was a hard worker, great provider and dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Neighbor, Friend, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a true Good Shepherd.

He is survived by his 6 children: Debra (Scott) Clark, Jon (Tara) Christiansen, Wendy (Larry) Thomas, Christine Eley, Jeff (Lori) Christiansen, Billy (Susie) Christiansen. 29 Grandchildren and 63 Great grandchildren. A brother Tex, and 2 sisters Mary and Shirley. FranklinHe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marge of 66 years, 3 sisters: Louise, Edna, and Virginia, 3 brothers: Wally, Roy and Bill.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. in the Horsley Funeral Home 132 W. 300 N. in Malad. Friends may call at the funeral home at 12:00 Noon prior to services.  Burial will follow in the Saint John Cemetery.


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