Leonard Isaac Christofferson peacefully passed away from Leukemia on June 15, 2023, at age 92 in Sandy, Utah, his wife and family at his side.
Leonard was the youngest son of Isaac Christofferson and Mildred Mouritsen Christofferson. He was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on December 11, 1930. The family moved from Rock Springs to Richmond, Utah, in 1942, and then to Granger, Utah, now West Valley City, in 1945.
Leonard graduated from Granite High School in 1949. He later served in the paratroopers from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. In 1956 he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1960 he obtained his license as a Registered Professional Engineer with a specialty in structural engineering.
As a young man, Leonard learned many trades working for his father, who was a general contractor. Trades such as carpentry, brick laying, concrete finishing, and other general trades proved to be very useful all through his professional life as well as in his private life.
Leonard married Mildred Jean Case in 1954 but later divorced. He married Kate (Kay) Mary Wilding Sullivan on June 2, 1966. After 33 wonderful years together Kate passed away on June 26, 1999, leaving a void in Leonard's life. However, that void was filled five years later when he married Naomi Bangerter Weaver, a childhood friend from Granger. As a matter of fact, Leonard was actually Naomi's high school graduation date back in 1949.
Leonard was always busy building or repairing something. His career as an engineer spanned 40 years with Chicago Bridge and Iron Company where he lived and worked in Salt Lake City, Utah; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Sydney, Australia; and many other places for short periods of time.
Leonard was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he bagged virtually any game he set out to hunt.
In later life, when hunting and hiking the hills were no longer options, Leonard enjoyed gardening, canning fresh vegetables, barbequing and smoking meats, watching old westerns, road trips across the country to visit family, traveling the high country to view the grandeur of Yellowstone, and cruising to Alaska. Leonard especially enjoyed his mornings at McDonald's enjoying breakfast with a few good friends in lively debate and conversation. The simplest pleasures brought great joy to Leonard.
He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
Closed-casket visitation for family and friends will be held Friday June 23rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday June 24th at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10975 S. Prescott Drive, Sandy, Utah 84092.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the Saturday viewing.
Burial will be in the Richmond City Cemetery located at 350 N. 200 E. Richmond, Cache County, Utah 84333 approximately three hours after the funeral service.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Naomi Bangerter Christofferson, and children Bonnie (John) Mickelson, Clair Christofferson, Kathy Biehler, and Trish Walter (deceased), along with grandchildren Lisa Johnstone, Lorraine Biehler, and great grandchildren Spenser Biehler, Shelby Schwartz, and Johanna Johnstone.