Christian Marius Fredericksen succumbed to metastatic cancer at his home on Camano Island, Washington, on September 17. He was born at home in Webster City, Iowa, to Danish immigrants Christian and Caroline Fredericksen on July 28, 1938, the last of seven children, including Lillian (Gage), Betty (Hill), Harold, Marvin, James, and Carolyn (Willson), all now deceased. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pam, his son Eric (Betsey Brock) and grandson Henry of Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chris received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in French from the University of Iowa. He enjoyed a 36-year teaching career, including 33 years teaching French at Davenport (IA) Central High School. He chaired the Foreign Languages Department there for 25 years and led many school trips to France, New Orleans, and Canada. He spent the summer of 1978 on a Hays-Fullbright Fellowship in Egypt. A Golden Apple Award in 1995 honored his teaching career.
Throughout his life he advocated for community causes and was an active volunteer. He served for 15 years on the Davenport Library Board of Trustees, and was a representative to national conferences of the National Education Association.
Christian Marius Fredericksen
Chris retired in 1996, and settled on Camano Island in 2003. He was a member of Stanwood United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was also an active member of the Friends of Camano Island Parks. Chris was chair of the Stanwood Lions Club scholarship committee. He enjoyed yoga, hiking, travel, and reading. He is remembered by his many friends as a caring, sensitive person, a guy with a good sense of humor and perspective, a wonderful teacher and human being.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Stanwood (WA) United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. on September 29. Donations in his memory may be made to FOCIP (www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org), Hospice of the Northwest (www.hospicenw.org) or to your local food bank.