McCoy Christensen


McCoy Christensen passed away on April 14, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. McCoy was born on December 28, 1924 in Mapleton, Utah to Myrtle Romero Christensen and William Christensen as the sixth of eight children.

McCoy served in the US Navy during WWII. On September 4, 1951, he married Delina Matz Christensen. Together, they raised three children in Orem while McCoy worked at Geneva Steel, where he rose to senior management. He retired in 1983: late in life, he celebrated having “beat the system” by being retired longer than he had worked. McCoy kept an active, steady routine, frequenting the Orem Rec Center, where he made lasting friendships. From 1987-88, McCoy and Delina served a mission together in the Mexico City, Mexico Mission. Into his early 90s, he kept an active Hobble Creek golf course membership and tended a garden. He mowed his own lawn until the week of his death.

McCoy is survived by his wife, Delina, and their children: Sandra Wilkes (George), Tamie Nelson (Ed), and Jeff Christensen (Markelle), 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Gerald, Delbert, Othello, Bard, Reed, Lu Dean, and Judy, and a great-grandson, Braeden.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Lakeview 3rd Ward, 450 W 1800 S, Orem, Utah. There will be a visitation on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Orem Cemetery. To read the complete life sketch and express condolences, visit