Oxford - Funeral services for Derek Thomas Jensen, 37, of Oxford, will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Golden Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Roland Brown officiating. Derek will lie in state one hour prior to services. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory. Mr. Jensen died Thursday in Anniston as a result of a tragic bicycling accident. Survivors include his wife, Mina Ashley Jensen, of Oxford; his daughter, Chloe Abigail Jensen, of Oxford; two sons, Logan Naylor Jensen and Cooper Hollis Jensen, both of Oxford; his parents, Gary M. and Susan J. Jensen, of Springville, Utah; his brother, Kurt Robert Jensen, of Ogden, Utah; and his sister, Lisa Anne Jensen, of Springville, Utah. Derek was a remarkable, dynamic man who brought laughter and joy to all those who knew him. He excelled in every aspect of life and was a sterling example of sincere love and acceptance. Derek received a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University of dearly loved the USU Aggies. He did graduate work in political science at the University of Utah. Derek was employed as Director of Public Affairs at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston. Prior to this, Derek was a public information officer for FEMA in Denver, Colo., a state homeland security officer for the state of Utah and the lead crime reporter for the Utah-based newspaper The Deseret News. Derek was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a church mission in Taiwan. He loved opportunities to serve in Christian capacities and spent much time on service projects and teaching youth Sunday school. He found great joy in athletic activities, including basketball, football, competitive running and more than anything bicycling. Derek regularly rode his bike 50 miles a day and loved every mile he logged on it. Derek was an amazing father, a loving husband and an irreplaceable person in the lives of countless people. He will be missed daily by his family, friends and co-workers.
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 16, 2012