Leroy Richard "Rick" Jensen
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Leroy Richard (Rick) Jensen, 51, of Nampa, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013.
Rick was born September 25, 1961 in Caldwell, the fourth child of Leroy and Sylvia Birkland Jensen. He married his dear wife, Elizabeth Joy Shaffer (Joy), on December 27, 1983. He was then joined in his happiest days by his daughter Sara Rose, and his sons David James, Timothy Richard, and William Robert. Rick is survived by his spouse Joy, his daughter Sara (Bradly), his sons: David (and soon to be daughter-in-law Lyndsey), Tim and Will; his grandsons Cable and Trace; his mother Sylvia; his sisters: Debbie (Bruce), Sylvia (Tom), Linda (Shonne); sister-in-law Linda (Jeff), brother-in-law Rob (Mary Jane), sister-in-law Mary Jane (Brian), as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Leroy Richard, and his brother, Robby.
Rick graduated from Nampa High in 1979, always calling himself an average student. He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas, Houston mission. After returning home, he met his future wife Joy, and they were married in the Jordan River LDS Temple. He completed his AA in Business Machine Technology from Boise State University.
Rick served four years in the Air Force during Desert Storm. He spent the rest of his military career in the Air National Guard in a variety of fields including security forces, supply, and ammo, serving a total of 25 ½ years. The love of his career was working in the counter-drug unit where he was able to serve multiple police units and teach about the effects of drugs and alcohol. He was never happier in this career than when he was teaching children about the effects of drugs. Rick leaves us as a highly decorated veteran. He was decorated as Guardsman of the Year in 2002. Rick, a strong man with strong values, served his country, his family, and our Father in Heaven with everything he had. He was our husband, our dad, our son, our brother, our uncle, our nephew, and our cousin. We will miss him dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Nampa East LDS Stake Center, 3904 E. Greenhurst Rd. in Nampa. A viewing will be held at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will follow services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell. Arrangements are being provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 467-7300
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 7, 2013
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