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PC Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni is Richard Christenson

Richard Christenson

The Porterville College Foundation would like to congratulate Richard Christenson for being chosen as the 2014 PC Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee. He will be honored along with his fellow inductees at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on March 8 at the River Island Country Club.

You may not find Richard Christenson in the limelight, but his quiet sense of goodwill has meant plenty of applause for both the city of Porterville and Porterville College as well.

Born and raised right here in Porterville, Christenson attended Olive Street School, Bartlett Junior High School, Porterville High School (Class of 1970) and then Porterville College (1970-1972). He would go on to earn his BA in Japanese and a minor in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University (BYU). He then attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School at (BYU) where he received his Juris Doctor Degree, graduated cum laude and was the Associate Editor of the BYU Law Review.

Upon graduation he joined the family law firm (then Christenson & Kralowec) and has remained there every since (now Christenson Law Firm, LLP). He has been not only a member of the Tulare County Bar Association, but also served as a board member and President from 1988 to 1989. He is currently the Chairman of the Fee Arbitration Committee. Christenson also served as a Pro-tem Judge for Drug Court.

Christenson is heavily involved in the community. He is a member of the Optimist Club of Porterville where he was a charter member and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. He is also a founding member of the Burton Educational Foundation. Christenson is a past board member and Chairman of the Tule River Economic Development Corporation (TREDC). He is a board member and past Chairman of the Porterville College Foundation and currently serves as the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. Richard is also a board member and past President of the Sierra View District Hospital Foundation. He participated in the Cancer Center Capital Campaign and the Major Gifts Committee. Christenson is also a supporter of the Boys Scouts of America and a Scout Merit Badge Counselor.

Christenson is a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His mission trip sent him to Japan from 1972-1974. Richard has taught early morning seminary scripture study for over 20 years. He is a former Bishop (Porterville 1stWard) and is currently President of the Porterville California Stake.

He and his wife Kathy have six children and fourteen grandchildren.

The fourth annual Porterville College Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will take place on March 8 at the River Island Country Club in Porterville. The event’s featured speaker will be former NFL Safety for the Pittsburgh Stealers, Lupe Sanchez.

The Alumni Hall of Fame award recognizes former Porterville College students who have made outstanding contributions to both their professions and their communities; these alumni embody the highest standards of excellence. Induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to alumni by the Porterville College Foundation.

This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are Dennis Stowe and Jennie Hatch and the Distinguished Alumni inductee is Richard Christenson. The inductees and their families/friends will be honored at the event.

Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $275 for a table of six, and $350 for a table of eight. Seating is limited and will sell out fast. Get your tickets today by calling the Foundation Office at 791- 2319, from any PC Foundation Board member, or by calling 784-5300.

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