Darrell Jensen Obituary

Darrell Henry Jensen
Darrell Henry Jensen

April 3, 1925 - October 2, 2017
Born in Brigham City, Utah
Resided in Clearfield, Utah
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Darrell H Jensen
United States Army
1943 - 1945
Darrell was born April 3, 1925 in Brigham City, Utah. He graduated from Box Elder High School, and was drafted into Army on May 5, 1943 at the age of 18 years old.
Darrell was in training for the Army Air Cadets when the orders came down to activate all available troops in support of action in the Battle of the Bulge. He ended up in the 69th in Fort Shelby, Mississippi. He shipped out in early November on the Liberty Ship Santa Maria and pulled into South Hampton on December 12. As February approached, Darrell found himself in LeHarve, France; then Forges les Eaux, Liesse, and Sissone on the way to Ludenforff; and lastly the Bridge at Remagen. While Darrell was in Sissone, he was injured in a jeep accident. With the injuries that he sustained from the accident, Darrell was sent to a hospital in France then in Scotland. While in Scotland, he was evacuated back to the United States abroad the Acquantania, landed in New York, and eventually ended up in Modesto, California in a military hospital.
Once Darrell recovered from his injuries, he was discharged on September 5, 1945 after seven months of recovery.
Darrell went on to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
While attending school, Darrell met the love of his life, Kay. He courted Kay by flying to her home in Promontory, Utah in a small private plane. Darrell and Kay went on to raise four children, Kathleen, Paul, Mark and Blair.
Darrell’s military contribution did not come to an end after being discharged in 1945. He went on to work at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah which included overseeing flight simulator operations, as well as the base-wide telecommunications upgrades for Hill Air Force Base, F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, and Radar sites in North and South Dakota. Darrell’s last assignment at HAFB was a Ballistic Engineer where he was appointed to a nine member team from the Air Force, Army, and Navy to evaluate the feasibility of adopting the AR 15, which ultimately became the MI 6, that later became the primary light weapon of those services. The process resulted in many trips to testify to congress and several trips overseas to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and other far Eastern countries. Darrell was recognized with many awards for his efforts. However, being a humble quiet man, few knew about them which is how he lives his life.
Darrell retired in 1976. Enjoying retirement at its fullest, he built a cabin in the mountains above Oakley, Utah and a winter home in Quartzite, Arizona. He and Kay continued to enjoy active lives together and reside in Clearfield, Utah where they are surrounded by their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. A very remarkable life!
Preceded in death by two sisters.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City, Utah.
Viewings will be Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon and 12:50 p.m. at the Mortuary.
Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery with Military Honors Accorded.




Myers Mortuary - Brigham City
205 South 100 East
Brigham City, UT US 84302
October 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
October 7, 2017
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Myers Mortuary of Brigham City
205 South 100 East
Brigham City, UT US 84302
October 7, 2017
1:00 PM