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Blaine R. Jensen


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
July 5, 1924 ~ May 4, 2014
Plain City, UT-A man of vision, integrity and charity, Blaine R. Jensen, 89, returned home with honor on May 4, 2014 of causes incident to age. Blaine was born July 5, 1924 in Avon, Utah to James "B" (Jons) and Jane Burrell Jensen. He was raised and attended school in Penrose and graduated from Bear River High School. Dad was a true Patriot and a member of the Greatest Generation that ever lived. As a member of the U.S Army, he served in North Africa in the dawn of WWII. He was there for the liberation of Italy and was in the Battle of Messina. He then fought in the liberation of Germany where his unit received a Presidential Citation for the Battle of the Colmar Pocket. After returning from serving in the Army, Blaine moved to Idaho to work on the Arimo Ranch. There he met his sweetheart, Joyce Gunter, and they were married on March 4, 1947 in Brigham City, Utah. They were sealed in the Logan Temple on June 29, 1964. Together they lived in Brigham City and Ogden. A defining moment of their life together was when they moved to Plain City in 1959.
Blaine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. He served twice as a Bishop, once in his assigned ward and once in the local single adult ward, also served as counselor to several Bishops. He served as the Young Men President, was an avid scout supporter and was an excellent home Teacher. He and Joyce served a mission in the Arizona Tempe Mission.
He worked for 20 years at Hinckley Dodge where he sold a car a day in 1962 and worked from the bottom to the top. Blaine was the founder of Blaine Jensen RV and very active in the community. He was involved with the Ogden Pioneer Days and was Grand Marshall in 2010; he was also the Plain City July 4th Grand Marshall and chairman of Plain City Founders Day. He was a Weber State Wild Cat Club supporter and was on the Weber County Fair Board. He was generous with his time and very non-judgmental in his dealings with others.
He loved his wife and family more than any one thing. He liked to tease and play with his grandchildren; "he was the keeper of the candy and the pickled eggs." He enjoyed many things in life: horses, dutch oven cooking, and sports, Lake Powell, singing and playing the Omni chord; he also enjoyed traveling. He was an avid hand and foot player "who was undefeated".
Blaine is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Joyce; children, Steven (Carol) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Jerry (Kit) Jensen of Plain City, Craig (Sheila) Jensen of Plain City, Rebecca (Daniel) Couser of Kaysville, Lora Jane (John) Parker of Plain City, Robert (Kathy) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Nancy (Ross) Stokes of Las Vegas and Scott (Jodie) Jensen of Kaysville; 39 grandchildren and 92 great-grandchildren; also survived by his sister, Evelyn Petersen Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; six sisters and his granddaughter, Marcee Kae Jensen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Plain City Stake Center, 2190 N. 4650 W. A viewing will be held at the church on Friday, May 9th from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday prior to the service from 9:15 to 10:15. Interment in the Plain City Cemetery.
The family would like to give thanks to Dr. Cory Ferguson and his staff. Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made in Blaine's memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Blaine's great-granddaughter, Molly. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 7 to May 8, 2014
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