John Christiansen, beloved husband, son, brother, friend and mentor, died suddenly on June 27, 2022 at the age of 61.
He was the cherished son of Mr. Ray Christiansen and Mrs. Lorraine Oakes. He was brother to his wonderful sister, Janet Christiansen.
While in graduate school, John met the love of his life, his wife, Wanda Christiansen. Together, they traveled to Washington D.C., eager to make a difference in the world. The two worked in the Pentagon and represented the U.S. government on national security and foreign affairs before returning to California.
A senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), John brought his 20+ years of vast experience in national security, foreign policy, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance to numerous international students attending NPS.
Prior to moving to California in 2001, John held various high-level jobs at the Pentagon. They include: Principal Director, Peacekeeping & Humanitarian Affairs
Deputy Special Coordinator, African Crisis Response Initiative (State Department) and Director, Haiti Task Force.
John was very humble about his achievements. His focus was not on himself, but rather, on mentoring others, helping them achieve success. John’s mission, has and will always be, to make a difference in the world. He has achieved that in the eyes of those who loved him!