Thomas Jackson Christensen was born on May 26, 1928, to Oline (Rassmusen) Christensen and Knudt Christensen. He grew up on the family homestead, 20 miles south of Scobey, Mont., as part of the Silverstar community.
He married Irma (Karge) Christensen in 1962. They were blessed with two children, Kay and Kent; and one grandchild, Alissa.
Along with being an active farmer and rancher, Tom was an active, integral member of the Scobey and Wolf Point communities. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army. He had a lifelong love of history, travel and agriculture. He loved to tell stories of his military service, agricultural ambassador trip to Russia, and his self-chartered flight to South America with his long-time friend, Tom Brenden. He cared deeply for his family, his farm and ranch, and his community.
Tom believed strongly in land stewardship and made every effort to take excellent care of his land, working with the Farm Service Agency and the Soil Conservation office on many different programs, and also served on the boards of the Farm Bureau and the Soil Conservation Agency. He was active in the Farmers Union and supported local co-ops.
He served on the board of the Wolf Point Hospital and Nursing Home for many years and was a member of the Daniels County Museum, where he has a large collection of John Deere tractors that he restored. He supported and helped with his children’s and granddaughter’s 4-H projects. Tom spent over 50 years developing the excellent genetics of his cattle