|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1976|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 2009|
On Saturday, October 10, 2009, our Angel of Music returned home to her Heavenly Father while attempting to rescue her students from imminent danger. Heather' life culminated in an act of selfless service. Heather's life itself was about selfless service. She will be dearly missed.
Born July 31, 1976 in Payson, Utah, Heather was the fourth child of six born to Kay and Annette Christensen.
Heather grew up in American Fork and graduated from American Fork High School in 1994. She went on to achieve Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music/Music Education from the University of Utah. From an early age Heather loved music. This love turned to passion as she honed her skills throughout her High School and University years. Heather served as Drum Major for American Fork High and the University of Utah's Marching Bands.
Following graduation, Heather worked as Director of Bands for the new Riverton High School, Director of Fine Arts and Marching Band for American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, currently Assistant Director of Bands for American Fork High School's Marching Band, Advisor at Wasatch Academy, Advisor for Edge, Director for Up With Kids, and an Executive Board Member for the Utah Winter Guard Association. Always quick to offer encouragement and support to those around her, Heather had a comfortable way of helping everyone to be their best without pressure or criticism.
She was a friend to all, a mentor, a counselor, an Educator in the truest sense of the word. Heather's testimony of Christ was strong and unwavering. She sought to know all she could about His life. She loved the places He walked and lived the principles He taught. She reveled in her family and her ancestry. She spent countless hours researching and preparing family history.
Heather is survived by her parents: Kay Christensen, Annette Tippetts and Paul Tippetts, her grandmother Eva Dean Pace Moody, her brother David (Jamie) Christensen, her sisters Kara (Richard) Higginson, Jana (Eric) Hogenson, Natalie (Daniel) Hooge, and Lara Christensen, nieces and nephews: Richard, Nathan, Sarah, David, Matthew, and Kristina Higginson; Zachary, Nathaniel, and Jansson Hogensen; Brooklyn, Madison, Logan, Cameron, Corbin, and Aspen Christensen; Hailey, Hayden, Harrison and Hudson Hooge and Heather's step-brothers and sisters: Travis (Sandy) Tippetts, Monica (Darryl) Hillyer, Tamara (Kurt) Pullham, Tonia (David) Webb, Rose (Kenny) Davis, Paula (Brayden) Richmond, and their beautiful families, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Thanks to Melodie, Kara, Jenn, Kim, and Sarah for your friendship throughout the years. Heather, because we knew you, we have been changed for good. We want to thank the community for the overwhelming expressions of love and support for Heather and our family. It helps ease our pain to know that many knew Heather and recognize her talents and service.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork Tabernacle, 110 East Main Street. Visitations will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, and on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Tabernacle prior to the funeral.
Interment will be in the Delta City Cemetery, Delta, UT.
Published in the Deseret News on October 14, 2009.
Delta City Cemetery
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Oct 16, 2009
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