Obituary - Dane Christensen - Class of 1945

Dane Christensen
Class of 1945


© Published on April 3, 2005

Dane Christensen

Dane ChristensenDane V. Christensen 77, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2005 at his home in Saratoga, surrounded by his beloved wife, Peggy Christensen, daughter Terin Christensen of Danville, son Dane Christensen of Danville and granddaughter Krisan Christensen of Boulder, Colorado.

Born March 7, 1928 in Los Angeles, Calif., his family moved to Fresno, Calif. and then moved to Oakland, Calif. where he graduated from Oakland H.S. He then went on to attend St. Mary's University and San Francisco City College where Dane met Peggy Jeanne, his lifelong companion of almost 55 years. After honorably serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict, Dane resumed his dedicated career of 35 years with Pacific Bell Telephone Co. in California and A.T.&T. in New York. He started as a draftsman in San Francisco and retired at age 55 as the Business Services Manager for San Jose, Fremont and Santa Cruz. He believed his job was the business of developing people. Meanwhile after retirement he enjoyed devoting more time to managing real estate properties in San Jose and the East Bay.

An yet despite his considerable success in business, Dane valued most the ethic of serving others and his family. Dane eagerly served his community as president of the Saratoga Rotary Club, Chairman of the San Jose Red Cross, president of Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC), Sequoia Masonic Lodge member and numerous other notable charities. He was especially fond of the friendships made within Rotary and its ever successful annual Art Show.

Dane was many things to many people and possessed a great sense of humor coupled with a keen insight on life. He liked to attend plays, jazz shows, 49er games as a season ticket holder, discuss politics and play golf. He and Peggy loved to travel to Europe, South America, Africa and Asia or simply cruise to Santa Cruz in the Porsche. As his children were growing up, Dane passionately shared his attraction to gourmet dining, the arts and the theatre. He was an extremely caring, giving man with presence and charm, who will be missed as a father, husband, friend and mentor.

There will be a private family service. Please make donations payble: Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 2244, Saratoga, CA 95070 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements provided by ALAMEDA FAMILY FUNERAL & CREMATION.