Farming Rural 18

Lawrence "Larry" Harvey Christensen

1961 ~ 2022 (age 60)



It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the family of Mr. Lawrence (Larry) H. Christensen announces his passing on May 24th, 2022, at the age of 60.

Larry passed away on his property in Randle, Washington where he was living his dream life and doing what he absolutely loved - working with animals - specifically his beloved Suffolk Sheep! As you can imagine, our family is obviously devastated. Larry is survived by his husband, Mike Donahue, his mother Esther L. Christensen, and his siblings Joe Christensen, Nancy Green and Patty Bates and numerous nieces, nephews as well as grand-nieces and nephews.  Larry was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Francis Christensen.

Larry was an Army Veteran and very proud of his service to his country and will be buried with full military honors.  Seven years ago, his search for the perfect place to spend the remainder of his years and raise his champion Suffolk sheep found him in Randle, Washington. He spent his days working on his beloved ranch and enjoying the amazing Cascade Mountain range that was right outside his door.  Larry was highly active in the United Suffolk Sheep Association serving on several committees including breed standards and breed improvement. Over the last several years, he won multiple grand championship awards at the Washington State Fair for his rams and ewes.  

Prior to moving to Washington, Larry owned and operated several art galleries in Placerville, Lake Tahoe and Modesto, California. Larry won many awards for custom framing and was featured in several magazines showcasing his framing and was known throughout the California Central valley for his knowledge and expertise.

The funeral service will be held at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary, 205 West Pine Street, Centralia, WA, on Saturday, June 11th, 2022, at 1:00 pm. Larry will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

All are welcome to attend in person. There is a zoom link for the service for those that cannot attend in person below. The link will be live 15 minutes prior to the service. Copy and paste the link below in your browser.  You will need the password to enter.


·       Password: JUnG6C 

In lieu of flowers, please make any charitable donations to the Farmer Veteran Coalition (  This was his favorite organization and Larry was very active in helping other veterans with their journeys to become successful farmers.


Funeral Service
June 11, 2022

1:00 PM
Newell - Hoerling (Centralia, WA)


Farmer Veteran Coalition
P.O. Box 660675 PMB 94776, Dallas TX 75266-0675
Tel: 1-530-756-1395

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