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American Fork City Councilwoman and former reporter dies

Barbara Christiansen, 74, took office in January 2018.

(Photo courtesy of American Fork) American Fork City Councilwoman Barbara Christiansen, 74, died on Friday, April 2, 2021, because of ongoing health conditions, the city announced.

American Fork City Councilwoman Barbara Christiansen, 74, died on Friday because of ongoing health conditions, the city announced in a press release.

“Barbara was a true friend to us and our city,” said Mayor Brad Frost in a news release. “Her wisdom and authentic concern for our community was always evident in her words and deeds.”

Christiansen took office in January 2018. She saw the city through the completion of its regional park and started a monthly report called “Citizens Want to Know” to help improve communication efforts. She had lived in the city for 43 years and was a reporter at the Daily Herald before retiring in 2012.

“Between her career as a reporter and her time as a councilmember, Barbara has participated in more city council meetings than any other person,” said City Administrator David Bunker in the release. “Her positive attitude and institutional knowledge will be missed.”

She is survived by her husband and four children.





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