Doris Camille Jensen King
1940 ~ 2013
Doris was born May 5, 1940 in Ephraim, UT to Paul and Alice Humphrey Jensen. She attended Orem High and Utah State U. She moved to Los Angeles where she met and married Robert E. King in 1961. After her three children were in school, Doris completed her college degree in Communication at CA State Univ., Long Beach. She held management level jobs in LA before returning to Utah in 1986. In 1987 she radically changed her life by joining the Peace Corps, where she worked on the Wenchi Water Project in Ghana, Africa. After her return from Africa, Doris worked for the state of Utah and was active in social and political causes. In 1994 Doris suffered a stroke that put her in a wheelchair but did not diminish her energy or spirit. She was an ardent advocate for disability rights through her work with ADAPT and DRAC. In this role she traveled to Wash. DC and other states to participate in protests including a wheelchair "march" from Pennsylvania to DC to advocate for passage of the Mi Casa bill that enables disabled people to live independently.
Doris returned to Ghana in 2004, travelling alone, to dedicate a new ADAPT chapter and reconnect with her Peace Corps friends in remote villages (riding in the back of a pickup in her wheelchair over rough dirt roads).
She enjoyed her final years making friends at Avalon Rehab Center, where she was universally admired and loved by staff and residents, (including resident pigeons and cats, which she lovingly fed).
She is survived by her children Byron (Jane) King, Susan King, Jason King, four granddaughters and one grandson (Lauren, Catherine, Rachel, Rebecca, and Josh King), brother Jerry (Lee) Jensen, sisters Linda (Kirk) Granat, and Julie (Bob) Mayhew.
Preceded in death by her parents and brother Eugene. Doris will be sorely missed by her family and friends from around the world, as she enters her new adventure as a body donor to the U of U's School of Medicine. She's off to Med School!
A memorial service will be held at Larkin Mortuary, 360 E. S. Temple on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 a.m.