Born in Kalaw, Burma to John and Bernice Christian, who were then serving as teachers with the Seventh Day Adventist schools in Burma. Maynard Christian, MD, died at home in Sparks, Nevada, surrounded by his loving family. Graduated from Pacific Union College in 1951 and the University of British Columbia Medical School in 1956.
Maynard began his medical career in the U.S. Navy, where he met Beverly Hodgman, a Navy nurse who became his devoted wife for 57 years. After leaving the Navy as a Lt. Cmdr in 1963, he practiced medicine for more than 30 years in Reno as well as in Susanville, Quincy, and Yreka, CA. While practicing in Quincy during the 1960’s, he served on the school board and was instrumental in bringing the Feather River Junior College to Plumas County. During the 1970’s, he served two terms as Chief of Staff at Washoe Medical Center.
With his brothers Winslow and Louis Christian, he purchased Salmon Lake Lodge in Sierra County, CA in 1959. The family, including the three brothers, their wives, children and grandchildren, have continued to own and operate the lodge to this day.
He lived his entire life with enduring optimism, energy, practicality, generosity, kindness, and boundless love for his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; his brother, Louis; his children Lisa Christian (John Walsh), Leif Christian, Amy Christian (Walter Schubert), and Becky Christian (Pete Solvik); his grandchildren Madeline, Maren, and John Walsh, and Sage and Owen Christian-Schubert; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and countless others who loved him as a mentor, father and grandfather.
Memorial service will be held May 26, 2pm at the McKinley Arts & Cultural Center in Reno.