Melvin Lee Jensen (1927 - 2008)

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Our loved one is at peace with the Lord. Melvin Lee Jensen of Bozeman passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, from a heart attack in Parker, Ariz.

Mel was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Selma, Calif., to John Emmanuel and Edna Carolyn (Petersen) Jensen. He grew up in central California, where he helped his folks on their farm growing grapes and drove, at 12 years old, to take his mother to pick peaches.

At the age of 16, Mel joined the Merchant Marines and when he was old enough, he joined the United States Navy as a paymaster aboard a supply ship during World War II.

Melvin married Helen Frances Shults on June 5, 1949, in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their first home in Fresno, Calif., and they both worked at the Bank of America. In the 40 years as a manager for Bank of America, Melvin and his family lived in various cities throughout California, including Markleeville, Sacramento, Desert Hot Springs and Blythe.

He loved to hunt and fish, a legacy he leaves his children and grandchildren who were by his side on every river and canal bank fishing for catfish or in the desert hunting quail and dove. He taught them all with love and patience.

His love for the outdoors inspired him to belong to various organizations such as NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and the hunter safety program.

As an involved member of the community, he was part of the Lions, Rotary and Elks clubs. He just recently received his 50-year pin for his membership in the Masons, he was very proud of that.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Melvin leaves a legacy of love for God and family, his fellow man and all of nature.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Vernon Carl and Raymond Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Jensen; son, Greg Jensen; daughter, Karen and husband, Ray Byerly of Bozeman; grandchildren: Cory and Daniel of Blythe, Calif., Rain, Aaron, Myriah, Travis, Jared, Lacy and Tracy; great-grandchildren: Sam, Charlie, Tyler, Abbie, Jayden and Bella, all residing in Montana.

Cremation has taken place at Parker Funeral Home in Arizona. A family memorial will be held at a later time.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2008
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