It is with great sadness that we announce that one of WSAA’s own, on Sunday, December 6th, 2020, Stephen (Steve) Blaine Christianson, beloved husband, father of three children, grandfather to five, bankcard industry stalwart-owner of All Card Processing, a highly-successful ISO, and co-founder of WSAA, passed away at the age of 71.
Steve was born in Williston, ND to Kermit and Shirley (Olson) Christianson. He graduated from Williston High School in 1967, attended college at Augustana and UND, and worked in the restaurant business for many years, managing Country Kitchens, before moving on to work in bankcard sales.
Steve married Cheryl in 1979 and they resided in Billings, MT near Steve’s family before moving to the Palm Springs, CA area in 1986. There they spent happy, hard-working years together raising three children. Steve founded All Card Processing in 1998 and enjoyed many years of success in the payment industry thanks to a network of loyal clients, many of whom became his friends.
One of Steve’s great contributions to the payment industry was being part of the founding team of professionals that started the Western States Acquirers Association (WSAA) in 2003 and served as its first Treasurer. He was a great example of integrity and detailed bookkeeping that helped launch the financial soundness of the organization.
Steve was beloved by all who met him and befriended so many within the payments industry. He will truly be missed.
Steve was unabashedly proud of his children and his grandchildren. He was known as a storyteller and joker, baseball fan and golfer, a lover of airplanes, and a guy-next-door salesman who could shoot the breeze with anyone. He was grateful for the gifts that life had given him through his hard work, persistence, and a little bit of luck. He was an encouragement to many, and he always wanted his friends and family to be able to experience and appreciate all that life had to offer.
His last years were difficult, as his health declined, but he was cared for lovingly at home by Cheryl until the very end. He was preceded in death by his father, Kermit, and his mothers–Shirley and Amy; his brother, Kelly, and his sister Lee Gae Ruby. He is survived by his wife Cheryl; his three children, Heather, Joe, and Katie; his grandchildren, Marley Jo, Beckett, Caleb, Charlotte, and Ruby Blaine; his brothers David and Mike, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
No services will be held at this time.
Cards may be sent to: 228 Windsor River Rd. Ste. 125, Windsor, CA 95492
No flowers, please, but you may donate in his name to Williston (North Dakota) Little League.
WPRD Foundation P.O. Box 1153 Williston, ND 58802
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