Allen Bernell Christensen

8/14/1937 ~ 1/13/2020

Allen Bernell “Boon” Christensen passed away peacefully with his sweetheart by his side after a valiant, 6-year battle with cancer. Bernell was born August 14, 1937 in Spring City, Utah to Allen and Ruby Christensen. He was the oldest brother to Voneal, Robert and Marilyn.
While attending Moroni High School, Bernell thrived in sports, especially baseball and basketball, lettering all 4 years.
After attending Snow College, Bernell married his high school sweetheart, Sherrill Tidwell, in the Manti Temple, July 18, 1958. This began their 62 year journey through life together. Shortly after marriage, they settled in Salt Lake City, but a piece of his heart would always remain in the Sanpete Valley.

Their greatest accomplishment and blessing was their family: 3 children, Connie McBride, Craig (Julie) Christensen, and Colette (Terry) McBride; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. We love him dearly and will miss him every minute until we are together again.
By career, Bernell was a salesman extraordinaire, selling everything from Fuller Brush products to Ford Trucks. Uncle Steve claimed he could sell snow to the Eskimos. By choice, he was an avid outdoorsman. From a very young age he enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. This love for the outdoors is a part of the legacy he has left the next three generations of his family. Known as “Chris” he spent a good portion of his life outshooting his friendly competitors in trap shoots at Holladay Gun Club, where he made life-long friends.
If Bernell could be anywhere on earth, it would be in his boat fishing! In his later years, he spent weeks at a time at their second home in Manilla, Utah, short miles from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, with family and his cousin and lifetime friend, Morris Cahoon.
Bernell was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Voneal.
A Celebration luncheon for family and close friends will be held at the Moroni Stake Center, 82 North Center Street, Saturday, January 18th at 12pm. Family will be receiving visitors 30 minutes prior to this time. Interment will be at the Moroni Cemetery. Online condolence at

5 Responses to “Allen Bernell Christensen”

  1. Ron Call III says:

    Dear Family,

    I want to express my love to all of you. I have nice memories Bernell and Sherrill and family during our summer reunions growing up. I always knew him to be a great man. My heart and prayers are with you.
    ~ Ron Call III and Ron Call Jr.

  2. Cori Adams says:

    Dear Christensen Family,
    It is sad that it is times like this that bring us together. I just wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you at this time. Death gives a time to stop and reflect back on the good memories we have. I have so many happy memories as a child growing up living next to your parents. You have amazing parents and I love them very much. I will never forget how much your Dad loved to fish and that the Gorge was his home away from home. I remember Collete going so many weekends with her dad to fish. What a treasured time this must have been. Thank you all for your friendship. Our prayers are with you.

  3. David Little says:

    I remember the regional baseball playoff with Delta. In the last inning with two out, Bernell tried to score from second and got caught half way home with the game tied and two out. The catcher started to walk out to make the tag and Bernell, being the tough little guy that he was, took off and crashed into the catcher, who dropped the ball. Bernell scored and Moroni won by one run. This allowed Moroni to go to the high school championship in 1954.

    David Little

  4. Dave Nelson says:

    I shared many rounds of trap, and a few hunting trips with Chris. He was always a larger than life character to me. He was friends with my Dad (Don Nelson). His personality always kept things interesting, and he had a zest for life.
    I wish the best for the Christensen family. I am glad to have known Bernell.
    Dave Nelson
    Taylorsville, UT

  5. Frank Blomquist says:

    Bernell and Sherrill, great neighbors for 42 years……