Paul Christensen

April 1, 1955-Aug. 24, 2014

Paul Christensen, 59, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, of natural causes at his home in Sawyer. For the most part, he lived the life of a cowboy, often saying “The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse.”

He was born April 1, 1955, in Minot, the son of Dr. George M. and Bette (Clausen) Christensen. Reared in Minot, he was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church and graduated from Minot High School in 1973.

He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo before transferring to Minot State University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in education in 1986. He moved to El Paso, Texas, and taught at Andrus High School for 12 years, where he was the coach of the Academic Decathlon Team and the advisor for the high school rodeo club. Since moving back to Minot in 1998, he had taught at the Burdick Job Corps Center where he was affectionately known by his students as Mr. C. He loved his students and took great pride in their success.

Outside the classroom, Paul lived a cowboy’s life. He took to it early, starting as a boy following in the footsteps of his father. He was a “good hand” with horses and enjoyed many trail rides with his special friends and the camaraderie that was part of it. He participated in countless cattle drives, roundups and brandings. He especially enjoyed riding in the Badlands.

He chaired the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the Minot Kiwanis Club, Minot Y’s Men, the Y’s Men’s Rodeo Committee and the Minot Trail Riders.

When he moved back to Minot in 1998, it was to share with his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, in the care of his father who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He died in 2000 and his mother in 1995.

After losing his home to the 2011 flood, Paul found his piece of paradise on top of a hill outside of Sawyer where his home overlooked his horses.

Paul was very close to his sister and brother-in-law. He was a great cook and enjoyed preparing his “Sunday Night Suppers” for them. He was known affectionately as “Uncle Bugger” to his niece and nephew.

Surviving are: his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, Minot; a nephew, Chris (Roslynn) Semrau and their children, Nora and Gordon, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; niece, Amy (Stuart) Nostdahl and their son, Quinn, all Minneapolis; aunt, Joyce Clausen, Williston; an uncle, Charles (Tracy) Clausen, Baltimore; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; and uncles, Tomy Clausen and Arvild Christensen and his wife, Dorothy.

Funeral: Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Visitation: While there is no reviewal, friends may sign a register today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, PO Box 137, Medora, ND 58645, or to the Triangle Y Camp, P.O. Box 69, Minot, ND 58702.

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