Calvin R. Jenkins
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1933 ~ 2013
"There is no place like home!" That has been my motto for most of my adult life. Home is wherever my wonderful wife, Judy, resides - for she has made my life heavenly! I love her, and even in my last weeks at home I tried to show my love to her by being a grateful patient while she lovingly cared for me with the help of our children and the wonderful people at The Good Shepherd Hospice Care.
On June 29, 1933 I was born to Elmer and Gladys Jenkins of Midvale, Utah. They provided me a stable home life and strong support so it was easy to grow up happy about life. Sports and student government at Jordan High provided many great friendships and memories that have lasted through the years. Columbia University and the Air Force allowed me to learn, travel, and play tennis, but a blind date with Judy Beckstead in 1958 began the most wonderful years of my life. We have lived in Salt Lake City all 54 years of our married life. We were blessed with 8 children, two of whom, Janie and Jonathon, preceded me in death. My other children are Julie (Rob), David (Sandra), JoEllen (Rand), Jennifer (Roger), Cindy (Russ) and Mark.
I have worked in sales most of my life and have spent many retired years taking classes at both the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Community College. Racquetball, yoga, and history classes were among my favorites. I have loved learning in every stage of my life. Truly some of my greatest joys have been sharing what I have learned with those around me.
I've viewed life as an adventure, and have tried hard to enjoy the journey. Snow skiing, tennis, squash, racquetball, fishing, walking, theatre and symphony attendance, thrift store shopping, library browsing, serving others and playing with grandkids have filled my life. It has been said that there is "Joy in your posterity" and I have found this to be true.
Love is an action word to me, and I have always tried to show my love by taking action. Providing for my family as well as visiting with friends, family and even strangers has been a great pleasure. I've worked on being a great listener and have found my best investments are those I've made in the relationships I have with the people in my life.
I enjoyed my time serving in all my callings as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whether serving in the bishopric or as a home teacher, I have enjoyed the opportunity to love those around me. Jesus Christ is my exemplar, and throughout my life I have tried my best to follow Him.
If you are reading this, then you will know that I am onto my next great adventure. I am excited, I am ready, but I will miss my wife and will be waiting for her, because "There is no place like home!" and Judy is my home... If you would like to come and celebrate my life with my family, a viewing will be held Tuesday February 5, 2013 at Holbrook Mortuary (3251 South 2300 East) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as well as Wednesday at the Valley View Stake Center located at 2245 East 3900 South from 9:30-10:30 a.m. My Life Celebration will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park to follow.
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Published in Deseret News on Feb. 3, 2013.
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February 26, 2013
I love you , Dad....seen some fun videos of your life this week. Reading a story to all the kids at Christmas. Visiting my little, tiny boy when he was brand new at the hospital... It was good to see you again...thanks for the visit...
Cindy Ryan
February 19, 2013
My dad has been on my mind a lot this past week. And I have been treated to 2 special gifts, tender mercies, this weekend... I looked in a scrapbook from 1994 with my oldest son, and found a letter I had forgotten about from my dad to my husband and I. What beautiful words of wisdom he wrote for us! Second, I remembered that my dad sang "I Love You Truly" at my wedding luncheon and thought it was was! What a marvelous moment to watch and listen to him sing and my mom play her violin together. I couldn't have asked for more. He will keep on teaching me for years to come... Love, Jenny
Jenny Motzkus
February 6, 2013
Was so sorry to hear about Calvin. We usually only saw one another at a family function, but he was great to speak with and had a gracious personality. It was easy to like his face and smile. Like Terry wrote, I hope he and MarJean are having a great reunion--and with the babies too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pat (Fonnesbeck)
Pat Pitcher
February 6, 2013
Dear sincere condolences on Calvin's passing. I, too, remember him as the "librarian" who you were so lucky to have caught! LOL I understand that you have been honing your nursing knowledge for the pass little while. I suppose this is happening to so many of our nursing acquaintances right now. We were blessed to be a part of that profession and are still blessed to be able to still use our talents. My love to you and your family! June
June Booth
February 5, 2013
Dear Jenkins Family, I'm so sorry about your loss. He will missed,he was a great man, and grandfather to little Mark. As hard as this time may be , I hope it brings peace to know he's back with our Heavenly Father. Your such a strong women,Judy and are very loved. Your in our my prayers
Erica Bylund
February 5, 2013
Dear Judy and family,

We are saddened to lose Cal, but grateful that he is no longer suffering. Your family has been a great inspiration to us for as long as we have known you. It was hard to leave for our mission 2 weeks ago knowing that we would not see him again. Lorin has always felt especially close to Calvin since they share the same birthday, and he loved the visual aids and object lessons he used whenever he taught a lesson. Our love to you, Judy! You have selflessly loved and cared for everyone in our ward when they needed you, and no one could have had a more loving and attentive caretaker than Calvin.

Love, Lorin and Mary Ann Moench
February 5, 2013
The world lost a great man. I am grateful for the wonderful example he was to me growing up. He was always there to help, support and kindly help raise my sisters and I. Godspeed Cal!

Mandi Campbell Wilson
February 5, 2013
A Big Thank you for raising such Wonderful, Beautiful and most Amazing daughters ever! We Love you JoEllen and Jenny! Our Love and Prayers go out to the Jenkins family. Bishop and Sister Suzy Peterson
February 4, 2013
Dear Judy and Family

Sorry to hear of Cal's passing. We wanted you to know we are thinking of you and we send our love and support to you all.
Rod and Gayla Maxfield
February 4, 2013
Dear Judy and Family, we were so sorry and yet relieved that our dear friend Cal has been released from the body that has held him captive as it deteriorated. Cal was my priests quorm advisor and was one of the reasons we came to the 7th Ward. We love you and wish you peace as you go through the days to come. Love, Elder and Sister Doug Fisher
February 4, 2013
Dear Judy and Family,

Cal Jenkins was and is a class act. A wonderful combination of smart, dignified, capable,and humble. I think of Cal as a very bright person, who was also a varsity athlete at Jordan High School, the Student Body President, and winner of a four year scholarship to the very prestigious Columbia University in NYC, a successful salesman at IBM, and a role model. Judy, the obituary which Cal wrote expresses appropriate love and respect, honor and appreciation to you as his wonderful wife.

With sympathy and admiration,

Rees & Virginia Jensen
February 4, 2013
Dear Judy and family, I remember way back when the "librarian" came into your life. You both have been good friends and opened your home and hearts to we nurses. God Bless You at this difficult time. We are so blessed to have the church. Love, Eva Pearl O Stoneman
February 4, 2013
Our love and Prayers go out to the Jenkins family at this time of separation. What a sweet obituary,Cal&Judy raised a wonderful family that will be together for Eternity. Cindy, Russ we love you & miss you. Judy,Jerry and Family
February 4, 2013
Dear Judy - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel certain Calvin and MarJean have had a joyful reunion. I very much enjoyed getting to know you and Calvin.
Terry Lunt
February 4, 2013
My heart is so full, Dad, I remember the day you picked me up and twirled me around and said, welcome home. I miss you and your goodness lives on...
Cindy Ryan
February 4, 2013
We will greatly miss Cal. Cal has been in our daily prayers. We are grateful for his release from suffering. Cal had great sensitivity to people. I loved listening to his thoughtful insights in high priests meeting. He noticed things no one else did. He was exceptionally giving in so many ways. He went about doing good. Our love and condolences to Judy and your family.
Roger & Judy Kirkham
February 4, 2013
So sorry to hear of the passing of this great man. His kind & gentle demeanor was so inviting. Cal & I were home teaching companions. He taught me so much & I'll be forever grateful for his kindness & example. Condolences to Judy & family.
Dan Gerber
February 3, 2013
I feel very fortunate to have known Cal Jenkins. He was in my ward and was always an example of class and culture. His whole family sang in church in perfect harmony, and occasionally I got to play doubles tennis with Cal. I also admired his ability to enjoy life and continue learning. He had more than his measure of heartache in his life, but his source of ultimate joy (his relationship with God) allowed him to maintain a sense of optimism and good cheer.His obituary is one of the sweetest and most beautiful I have ever read.
Richard Mortensen
February 3, 2013
To one of my dearest friends..I am so sorry for your loss, you have been such a wonderful wife and nurse for Cal. He loved you as we all do.
Janet Wardle
February 3, 2013
Another light in our family has moved beyond the veil. Warmest wishes to the family until they get to join him.
Love, Clark & Kathy Ence and Family
February 3, 2013
Dear Judy and Family,
Cal was so dear to all of us and such a great neighbor as are the rest of the family. He will truly be missed but will always be treasured in our minds and hearts. May the Lord continue to bless you as a family as you have blessed the lives of so many others. Sincerely and with our love,
Charlene Tate Leach and family
Charlene Leach
February 3, 2013
So sorry for your loss.
Ron and Leslie Hylton
February 3, 2013
Dearest Judy- we loved living next door to you and Cal. I loved the time he spent talking with our children and teaching them simple things -- just being outside¬icing things around us. I have a one piece ski suit he bought for me a few years ago at the thrift store because he "knows what a skier Marv is & thought his daughter should have this suit..". We call it the Purple Pearl and think of Cal when we see it. Every time. Cal always had a kind word for us when we would see him and I always felt happier and better after seeing him - especially in his white sport coat, or red one... Or whatever he wore, he was a snappy dresser! Your example and friendship have been life changing for us. You're in our prayers. We love you, dear Judy!
Shelly Andresen
February 3, 2013
Dad... What more can be said... Thank you for teaching us to "live life to the fullest" And thank you for always Loving our MOM...
JoEllen Kunz
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