Bradley Jay Christiansen, 53, of Mountain Home passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his home with his family by his side after an extended battle with melanoma. Services will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mountain Home Idaho Stake Center, located at 790 South Haskett Street, with a viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Brad was born May 4, 1959, in Moses Lake, Wash., to Chris and Jerry Christiansen. As a child, Brad lived shortly in Spain, New Mexico, Washington and South Carolina while his father served in the U.S. Air Force. Brad spent the majority of his childhood in Mountain Home and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1978.
Brad attended the Electrical Lineman School at Boise State University in 1979 and completed with top honors. Brad started working for Idaho Power on Feb. 29, 1980, where he had worked since. Brad loved his job until the end and looked forward to going to work every day.
Brad was proud to be a lineman and loved climbing every chance he got. He was proud to be the "Overtime King" with the most overtime hours and always made himself available for whatever was needed. Brad felt very blessed to have a job that he loved so much.
Brad and Kelli met in the summer of 1984 at Paradise near Pine and were married June 15, 1985. Brad's job required him to move to Boise in 1985, and they lived there until 1989. Natalie was born in 1986, and Britani was born in 1989.
They returned to Mountain Home, and Ashley was born in 1991. Brad adored his three girls and was a loving father who made sure his girls had what they needed and wanted. They always knew they could get what they wanted if they went to dad.
Brad lived his life in service to others and it brought him great joy. Brad was right there to help anyone who needed it. Brad loved serving in the church and held many callings. He especially loved serving the young men and was a great example to them all and everyone who knew him.
Brad and Kelli had 27 wonderful years together, and their marriage was definitely a team effort.
Brad is survived by his wife, Kelli; his daughter Natalie and her husband Eric Bills; his daughter, Britani and her husband Ronny Bergh all of Mountain Home; his daughter, Ashley and fiancÚ James Terry of Provo, Utah; grandchildren Brayden and Kade Bills and Avery Bergh; his parents, Chris and Jerry Christiansen; his brothers Rick and his wife Margaret Christiansen; Scott and his wife Patty Christiansen; and Gary and Barb Christiansen, all of Mountain Home; his mother in-law Catherine Rice of Boise and numerous nieces and nephews.