Douglas Driggs Christensen Obituary – The Arizona Republic

1968-2022 Our beloved husband, father, son and brother, Douglas Driggs Christensen, died August 15, 2022 from injuries sustained in a tragic hiking accident after reaching his 54th 14er (14,000 foot peaks ) in Colorado. His life was defined by unbridled kindness, as anyone who came in contact with him knows. Born in Kentucky in 1968, Doug’s family soon moved to Arizona. He was always the teachers’ pet and the friend everyone wanted. In high school, he was an honor student, literate in varsity tennis, received his Eagle Scout Award, was a senior class officer, and on the returning court. In the 80s, back to high school floats were made with homemade paper flowers and were up to 20 feet tall. The float building took place at Doug’s house, where high school kids have always wanted to hang out. He was a nationally ranked tennis player, devoting three hours a day to his sport. Doug received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. While there, he continued to pursue his sporting passion, climbing the mountains of Utah and skiing on the BYU Club Ski Team. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Venezuela where he developed a love for the Latin people and their culture. He took time off from school to live in a small village in Mexico where he taught children who didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. Doug loved children and his life was dedicated to teaching and serving them. Doug’s desire to become a doctor and follow in his father’s footsteps led him to attend medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He continued his medical training at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and a pediatric cardiology residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He has published several academic articles and lectured on pediatric cardiology. He met Melanie McAdams at church in Atlanta, and on their first date, they went Christmas tree shopping. The following Christmas, they were married. He chose to specialize in an area that would maximize time spent with his family. He didn’t want to miss a meal, a sporting or musical event. When he showed up in a smock at his kids’ sporting events, friends asked why their dad wore his pajamas in public. Doug’s co-workers are already missing his vibrant personality and ever-present smile. His happiness was contagious. He made the job better because he always found a way to do something right in difficult situations. He insisted on giving Melanie a goodbye kiss every morning when he left for work and when he came home. He always liked to give big hugs and never shouted or raised his voice, but he remained calm, composed and never angry. Doug was a natural teacher, fixing everything inside and outside the house, inviting his children to watch and learn. Every Christmas, they spent an entire afternoon with the family putting Christmas lights on their three-story house! There’s so much to love about Doug. Everyone loved her sweet confidence, her reassuring laugh, her unabashed love of the gospel and her family, her humble intellect, her ability to fix anything, her athleticism, her gift for noticing someone’s silent pain. other, his inability to judge the other and his willingness to always listen. He was never offended or offended. He could change someone’s heart with a smile. Doug is survived by his wife Melanie, his children Lance, Russell, Rachel and Trevor. Also parents Anne and Fred Christensen and siblings Stan Christensen (Cathy), Angie Christensen Ball (Ben) and Lindsey Christensen Hale (Craig). A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Timberline Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 7471 Timberline Road, Lone Tree, CO. Zoom link for remote viewing: Webinar ID: 989 7718 4900 Christensen family kindly asks for donations to Reach out and Read Colorado: memories and condolences can be shared on the Tribute Wall with his online obituary at

Posted August 19, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic

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Timberline Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 7471 Timberline Road, Lone Tree, CO

August 20, 2022 at 11:00