Funeral services for Lawrence Dean “L.D.” “Chris” Christian, 67, of Broken Arrow, OK, were held Thursday, May 30, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Sperry, OK. Reverend Jason Elmore officiated, and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Casket bearers were Fred Hunter, Chris Hall, Bill Hunter, Seth Lang, Heath Kelley, and Jason Keith. Honorary Casket bearers were Steve Lowe, Jeff Stiber, Larry Collins, Dave Stadler, Roger Lorde, and Butch Mays.
L.D. was born April 21, 1952 in Elk City OK, to Jack Vernon and Norma Dean (Baker) Christian. He passed away May 25, 2019 in Tulsa, OK.
L.D. "Chris" Christian joined the army after graduating from the Frankfort American High School in Frankfort, Germany. He was deployed to Korea and served in the 5th Preventative Medicine Unit in the 8th Army of the 65th Medical group as an automotive specialist. He continued to work in the automotive industry after being honorably discharged from the Army. L.D. always had his hands in, on or around a car. His passion for repairing, rebuilding and tinkering with cars was always in the forefront of his life. L.D. spent a significant part of his live in the restaurant/bar industry. Many of his lifelong friends were met during his time running the Merry-go-Round in Tulsa or the Western in Sperry. He's probably most notably known as owner/operator for L.D. Christian Trucking in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.
L.D. has been involved in several organizations over the years. He and his friends traveled around the US watching sprint car racing, often following the World of Outlaw. When L.D. wasn't racing, he'd be seen near a lake or river. L.D. was also a dedicated member & supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous. The last organization he joined was the Broken Arrow Elk Lodge in 2016.
L.D was truly a one of a kind man with a heart of gold. He never met a stranger and always welcomed people with open arms. He will forever be missed by every person who's heart he's touched.
He is survived by his wife, Janna Christian of Broken Arrow; son, Justin Christian and wife, Sarah of Tulsa; daughters, Coriell Christan of Tulsa, and Lena Christian of Tulsa; grandchildren, Ryan Lang, Lexie Hutchison, Micah Christian, Ryder Christian, Callie Christian, Christopher Hall, Caitlin Brown, and Xzander Brown; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Christian; grandson, Parker Christian; brothers, Thomas Christian and George Christian; sister, Jackie Christian; parents, Thomas and Norma Christian; stepfather, Jack Christian, and step-daughter, April Konsal.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
Online condolences to the family can be made at johnsonsperry.com.