Marshall Kenneth Jensen
1984 - 2015
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1984 ~ 2015
Marshall Kenneth Jensen, 31 years old, returned home to his Father in Heaven November 18, 2015 from complications of cancer treatments. Marshall passed peacefully in the loving presence of his wife and family members shortly after celebrating his 6th wedding anniversary in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was preparing for yet another experimental leukemia treatment. Marshall was born at home in Logan, Utah August 30, 1984, the fifth son of seven children (six brothers and a sister). He felt deeply and was often sentimental. He married his eternal companion, Amanda Joyce (AJ) in the fall 2009 and was thrilled when their son, Kezman, joined them in the summer of 2011. Marshall was the ultimate optimist and his enthusiasm for life encouraged others to also "Marshall On". Amanda called him her "ballistic optimistic".
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) and held many religious callings where he served with gladness and joy. Marshall loved scriptures and studied many holy works including the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible, the Quran, and the Baghvad Gita. He loved linguistics and languages and learned to sing in Urdu as one of his ways of singing praises to the Lord. He especially loved books about Christ and God. C.S. Lewis and many other inspiring authors were on his read list.
Marshall loved children - he was especially attached to his son, Kezman, who called his daddy "my buddy", his many nieces and nephews, his guitar students and the primary children he served as primary music leader.
At the time of his death Marshall was an operations manager with CreditRepair.com and had previously worked in a supervisory position at Lexington Law Firm. Marshall loved the people he worked with and they reciprocated by valuing him back.
Marshall appreciated his caregivers, especially the unfailing support of his precious Amanda. Marshall's ability to make friends extended to his physicians and medical care staff at LDS Hospital, MD Anderson-Houston and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He insisted that gourmet chocolates and treats were always on hand in his hospital room for his caregiving teams.
Marshall always wanted to squeeze the most out of life. He loved music, the outdoors, sports [especially the Utah JAZZ], surprises and serving others. He was always looking for the next service project and was a blood and platelet donor. When blood cancer interrupted his life he had a scholarship and was on the road to completing a law degree. He augmented his income by teaching guitar lessons and fed his soul by performing as often as possible. He particularly loved getting together for jam sessions. Though he was drawn to Jazz and Blues he had an eclectic enjoyment of many musical styles. Since Jr High Marshall has been a member of numerous bands and musical groups of different genres, including rock, folk, country and religious music. Music fed him and consoled him and he wishes it to comfort and inspire us. Marshall was always anxious to learn - especially when it came to acquiring new musical skills. In addition to acoustic and electric guitar, he played bass guitar, keyboard and drums.
He had many talents, but the pastime he enjoyed most was music. When hospitalized his favorite guitar was always nearby and he couldn't wait to write the next song. His first guitar teacher called him a "musical freak of nature" which delighted and encouraged him. Also a great lyricist, Marshall left us many, many original songs where he is the wordsmith, musician, arranger and often the producer. The creation of a song sometimes came in one sitting. Other times, he would have the melody and wait for the words - or have the words and was just waiting for the melody to soar into his consciousness. Music was also a collaboration for him - hence his love of jam sessions. His favorite collaboration was writing and performing music numbers with his wife Amanda. Often it was Amanda supplying the lyrics while Marshall provided the score.
Those who got to know Marshall know that music permeated his being - his most cherished goal was to fill the hearts of others with the music of hope, love, and trust in the Savior. To read his testimony in words and song go to http://www.marshalljmusic.com/my-testimony.html.
Marshall is survived by his wife, Amanda; son, Kezman; parents, Keith V and Lucile (Reese) Jensen; brothers, Justin (Gloria), Barry (Julie), Jordan (Kelly), Tyrel (Melanie); sister, Tori Perez (William); grandparents Frank Pond Reese and Elaine Jensen; his adored nieces and nephews; and many more grieving relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his brother Conrad, grandmother Catherine (Bagley) Reese and grandfather Victor R. Jensen.
Marshall - often referred to as "miracle man" - had a ardent passion for life and cheated death many times in his 31 earthly years starting in 1997, where at the tender age of 12 he amazed his physicians by awaking from a life threatening coma induced by traumatic brain injury with all his abilities and talents intact. During his valiant four year fight with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) medical caregivers were astonished time after time as he beat the odds when there appeared to be no chances left. To the last, doctors were heard to say after giving a hopeless prognosis "but this is Marshall, anything is possible".
To the end, Marshall was orchestrating a majestic symphony. Though it was hard to let him go, Marshall sweetened the melody and organized the harmony by resting with us here long enough for his family to gather and say goodbyes.
Marshall wishes to let those who cherish him know that their prayers kept him going when it seemed his body could continue no longer. However, he is now ready to reunite with loved ones in heaven. He desires your continued prayers in support of his wife, his cherished son, Kezman, and his family whom he loves more than life itself. They are his music and music is his soul.
A service to celebrate his life will be held Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1335 West 1500 South, Woods Cross, UT 84087. Viewings will be held at the same address from 9-10 am prior to the service and Sunday evening, November 29th, from 6-8 p.m.
After the service, interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery, 3115 E 7800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Marshall's dearest loves, Amanda and Kezman, at one of the following: online at https://pages.giveforward.com/funeral_memorial/page-hjh2rb4/ or The Marshall and Amanda Family Trust at any Wells Fargo Bank. You may also contribute to a college fund for his Kezman by donating to the "Marshall Jensen Memorial" account at Mountain American Credit Union.
Funeral director services by Russon Brothers Mortuary-Bountiful - 295 N Main St, Bountiful, UT 84010


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Published in Deseret News from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2015.
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November 21, 2019
Marshall continues to inspire us daily. His music, his optimism, his attitude. Kezman has started watching more of his dads videos and even picked up the ovation guitar Marshall left to his son for the first time. The guitar is still pretty big for him, but Kezs 3rd grade teacher says the ukulele songs he learned he picked up like a champ. He started a year younger than his dad, so I hope he continues in his dads footsteps musically.
Amanda Jensen
Spouse
November 25, 2016
It's been a long year for Marshall's son and I without him. I just read these beautiful entries for the first time. Though his life was short, he truly lived it to the fullest and inspires me to do so with however much time I have left. We miss his smile, his music, his exuberance for every moment every day. We Love You Marshall.
Amanda and Kez Jensen
December 1, 2015
Marshall was one of those people you come across and never forget. I worked with him for 4 years and he always had the most optimistic attitude and only spoke positive words. When I started working with him, I didn't have anywhere to go for thanksgiving because I don't have family in Utah, and wasn't flying back home. He was kind enough to invite me to spend it with his family back in 2008 if I didn't end up having plans. I heard back from a guy I was dating (my husband today), and spent it with him and his family, but I appreciated the thoughtfulness from Marshall. You could always see his countenance shine and he was always smiling. Grateful to have known him and even sing with him once at a work Christmas party. We sang "Baby it's Cold Outside". I remember when we were practicing at his house, he was making a Chilli soup. He made the best Chilli! He was always very thoughtful and considerate of others. Definitely a rare example of a selfless person, always thinking of others before himself. We all know Marshall was blessed with the gift of song. I also remember when American Idol came to Utah, I believe it was in 2010, I told him he should audition too! I remember seeing him show up in an orange button down shirt, and he sang an original song from his original cd he recorded. We both didn't make it that season, but it was a fun experience!

My prayers and heart goes out to Marshall's family. I know he was close to his mom, because he often talked about Lucille and gave me her work extension so I could have her help me with my health insurance. He married the sweetest most loving girl Amanda, and I remember meeting her at that work Christmas party. God bless her and Kezman. Marshall was beyond his years and lived a good life. He touched many hearts, including mine, and he will never be forgotten.
Christina Bodmer-Green
November 29, 2015
AJ, I am so sad for your loss. Marshall was such an amazing person. He always shined so bright and was always the optimist. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Marshall will truly be missed by all. The world has lost one of the best!
Ashlie Owens
November 29, 2015
After reading this beautifully written tribute, I went to Marshall's website and listened to his music. If he has produced any CD's, I would love to purchase one (or more!). May his sweet spirit and talent of music permeate your hearts and lives until you are reunited.
November 27, 2015
Words cannot express the sorrow so many of us are feeling. Our hearts go out to Marshalls Wife, Son and family. My family and I had the privilage of meeting and getting to know Marshall and his family during his early High school years. What a wonderful happy,talented musical genius. We so much enjoyed all the fun times with Marshall and the high school rock band practicing and playing in our garage in Sugarhouse. We will always remember packing up the equipment and helping the band set up for their many live shows. Marshall was always such a gentle inquisitive young man. We always enjoyed visiting with him when he and the band would be practicing late and he would share a meal with us. Marsh is beautiful, loving, and a true friend to so many. We love you and will miss you so much!!!!!! We are listening to "Sootable Roots " right now.

Jeff Jean & Jennifer Brown
November 27, 2015
I had a chance to play meet Marshall at Mo's Bar & Grill roughly 5 or so years ago at the open mic night. He was always kind, sincere and had a great energy about him. Not only that, but he was a very talented musician. He will surely be missed. Rest easy bro and we'll see you on the other side.
My condolences to his family, his wife and his son. Thank you for sharing your art, soul & passion.

Cheers!
Trenton McKean
November 27, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Although I did not know him, he sounds like a great man. Mary H Lewis
November 26, 2015
Marshall, always happy and optimistic. When I started at Lexington Law Firm Marshall was a big reason for why I began loving my job. He was always so happy and encouraging. When I found out he was sick I told him my neice had Leukemia as well. He said, "well I wish I could be sick for her." What a loss, but what a blessing to have known him. To his beautiful wife and son...my thoughts are with you.
Catrina Housley
November 26, 2015
Marshall Jensen, thank you for the short time getting to know you and the many ways you have inspired us to "Marshall on" with our own lives, callings, and missions and the very special way you have helped bless our family.John, Sherilyn, Jonathan and Jubilee Edwards
John Edwards
November 26, 2015
Marshall was a great guy. I worked with him for a while and played basketball with him several years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He is missed already.
Dave Rinquest
November 26, 2015
A wonderful man, I didn't know him, but I'm a friend of Justin and Gloria. And I want to say I am deeply sorry and at the same time amazed reading all the wonderful things that Marshall did. He is an exceptional man!
Magda Ibanez
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