The Honorable Dana L. Christensen was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Missoula. This prestigious award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, distinguish themselves in their life’s work and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis. Judge Christensen was nominated by the Montana Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Christensen is a formidable advocate, talented litigator, accomplished trial lawyer, dedicated conservationist, tireless volunteer, trusted public servant and, as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana, a universally respected jurist.
Only his character overshadows his accomplishments. In the decades that have passed since he became an Eagle Scout, Christensen has served as a living embodiment of the principles of the Scout Oath and Law, treating every individual with unfaltering dignity and respect regardless of their station in life.
He is a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and devoted friend. Christensen epitomizes the type of man and citizen the Scouting movement strives to cultivate. He is, by any measure, the quintessential Eagle Scout.
Out of nearly 2.4 million Eagle Scouts, less than 1,900 Distinguished Eagle Scout nominations have been approved. Christensen joins only two other Missoula honorees, District Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps and Washington Companies CEO Larry Simkins that have ever been recognized with this rare award.