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Harbor Hospice Foundation
1050 W Western Ave Suite 400
Muskegon, MI 49441
Life Story / Obituary
Father, grandfather, friend, and accomplished builder, Larry David Christiansen passed away peacefully after a 20-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis on July 12, 2018. Unique in all that he did, he was known to those closest to him as LDC. He was born on March
23, 1943 to H. Lawrence Christiansen and M. Jane VanGorder. He spent his childhood in the Grand Rapids area, graduated from Rockford High School in 1961 and attended Hillsdale College and Grand Rapids Community College. He was very athletic, often winning awards in football, wrestling, and track. Growing up, and then as an adult, he and his family enjoyed summers at the cottage on Big Star Lake. He later passed his love of this tradition on to his children when he built his home on Lake Bella Vista.
Christiansen Homes, which would become the well-known LDC Inc., started in the mid-70’s. While he was recognized for building and remodeling over a hundred Burger Kings as well as other restaurants across the state of Michigan, his real gift was building distinct and beautiful homes. Although not an architect, Larry was known to draw up his own plans, adding personal touches in all that he did. He often complimented each project with a strategically placed finishing touch in Michigan Blue.
Known for his generosity, he recognized those in need and was always willing to offer a helping hand. Larry also took extreme pride in his children. Uncompromising, he challenged them to be the same in all that they did as well. He enjoyed playing practical jokes on those he loved -- such as leaving a live turkey on his sister’s front lawn for Thanksgiving or using fertilizer to emblazon the famous Michigan block M on his Ohio-loving friends’ lawn. His signature look was all his own: Levi’s, flannel shirt, cowboy boots, and his black GMC. He was renowned for his cooking skills and love for U of M football. He loved rock-n-roll and would often be found spending money on the biggest and best stereo or speakers of the day. Rarely was there a time that Bob Seger or the Eagles weren’t rocking the halls of Bella Vista.
Loved ones that cleared the path for him are his parents, his sister Linda Parker, and his son Matthew David whose loss left Larry with a broken heart. Larry is survived by his children, Brett Christiansen (El Dorado Hills, CA) and his children Brittney, Jake, and Carly; His daughter Danielle and Bruce Beals (Grand Haven, MI) and their children Alec, Matthew, and Juliette. According to his wishes, the family will hold a private celebration of Larry’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harbor Hospice Foundation in honor of his memory at 1050 W Western Ave #400, Muskegon, MI 49441. https://harborhospicemi.org/ways-to-give/donate/