John Jensen

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:40 AM


John Raymond Jensen of Nampa, Idaho, formerly of Ogden, will be honored for his 90th birthday by friends and family at an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Mount Lewis 1st Ward, 435 N. Jackson Ave., Ogden.

Born in Logan on April 19, 1923, to George and Mary Jensen, hegraduated from South High School. After serving in the Army during World War II, he met Beverly Ann Holmes in Ogden. They were married in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple on June 16, 1948, and together almost 52 years before she died. In 2002, he married Donna Young and moved to Nampa.

He received degrees from Weber College, the University of Utah and Utah State University. He spent most of his career teaching at Ben Lomond High School and two years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he taught at Haile Selassie I University, and was able to travel with his family throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

His church callings include bishop, stake executive secretary, temple worker, missions with his wife to the Atlanta Georgia Temple and in New Zealand. He volunteered in the church’s welfare department and is still active in church work.

He still competes in senior games, where he has been awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, holding state records in Idaho and Wyoming.

His children and spouses are Jo Anne and Dennis Keeffer, Dennis and Leslie Jensen, Alan and Gail Jensen, and Kent and Melanie Jensen. He has 24 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

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