John Jensen Obituary

John Raymond Jensen
John Raymond Jensen

April 19, 1923 - May 14, 2018
Born in Logan, Utah
Resided in Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, ID - On Monday, May 14, 2018, John Raymond Jensen returned to his heavenly home. He blessed many lives in his 95 years with his sense of humor and selfless love and concern for all. John was born in Logan, Utah on April 19, 1923 the third of six children to loving parents, Mary Clark Price and George Henry Jensen. He spent most of his youth in Salt Lake City.

He graduated from South High School in 1941. With the advent of World War II, he was inducted into the Army serving from 1943 to 1946. After serving his country, he moved to Ogden, Utah where he met his eternal sweetheart Beverly Ann Holmes. They were married June 16, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Education was an important part of his life. He received a Bachelor’s degree in business education from the U of U and a Master’s degree from Utah State. He taught school at Victor Valley (California), Roy Jr. High, Wahlquist Jr. High, and Ben Lomond High. Later in life he set up a college fund for his grandchildren to assist in their schooling. Between 1968 and 1970 he taught at the Haile Selassie University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During this time he and his family had many choice experiences touring Ethiopia and many other parts of the world.

John was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including Stake Mission President, Bishop, and High Councilor. John and Beverly served missions at the Ogden Employment Center, Atlanta, Georgia Temple, and the Employment Center in Auckland, New Zealand (which he particularly enjoyed since New Zealand was the birthplace of his father). His devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ was evident in his words and actions.

Besides the gospel and his family, he enjoyed golfing, traveling, and participating in the Senior Olympics. He won numerous medals in shot put, discuss, javelin, and free throw shooting. He lived life to the fullest with energy and joy. He was a lifetime Aggie fan and enjoyed supporting his teams.

Beverly passed away on March 27, 2000. In December of 2001 he decided to look up some old friends including Donna May Zigler Young of Nampa, Idaho. He first met her when he was stationed in the army in Indianapolis, Indiana. They made arrangements to meet again which was the beginning of a courtship that resulted in their marriage in Nampa on October 18, 2002. He moved into her home and later sold his Ogden home of 50 years. He then became known as Grampa Nampa to his great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly, sisters Mary Beth Morgan (Jim) and Lois Jones, (Bud), and a brother George Harold. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Jo Anne (Dennis) Keeffer, Evanston, Wyoming, sons Dennis (Leslie), St George, Utah, Alan (Gail), Pleasant View, Utah, and Kent (Melanie), Petersboro, Utah, 24 grandchildren, and 44 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Robert (Jean) and Kenneth (Earlene).

Donna’s tireless care of her husband is truly appreciated by his children and grandchildren. She brought a renewed energy into his life. We also appreciate the loving care provided by many of her grandchildren whom he loved as his own. We all look forward to being with him again.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018, with a viewing prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 1650 N. 400 W, Harrisville, Utah. Interment will be at the Liberty, Utah Cemetery.

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Hunting Creek Ward
1650 N 400 W
Harrisville, UT United States 84404
May 19, 2018
9:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Hunting Creek Ward
1650 N 400 W
Harrisville, UT United States 84404
May 19, 2018
11:00 AM