Jerry Ernest Jensen
December 24, 1933 ~ February 24, 2015
FARR WEST – Jerry Ernest Jensen, 81, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015. He was born December 24, 1933, in Farr West, Utah to Ernest L. and Viva Geisler Jensen. As a child he lived in Farr West and Ogden. His childhood home was filled with music, as both his mother and father played in a dance band, so it was natural for him to love music.
During his grade school years his beautiful singing voice was discovered, and he was soon singing at weddings, funerals, church functions, etc. At the age of twelve he had his own one-hour radio program on station KOPP every Sunday afternoon which continued for three years. At the age of fourteen he began playing the piano and drums as well as singing in his fathers dance band. He played with his fathers orchestra for 32 years.
On September 27, 1957, he married Carol Morse in the Logan Temple. They made their home in Farr West where they raised their wonderful family.
He was an active member of the Farr West First Ward. He retired from the State of Utah District Courts as a court administrator after 37 years of service and soon after began sharing his musical talent with those confined to rest homes, etc. He catered weddings, made wedding cakes, and was co-owner of Jerry’s Greenhouse in Farr West. He enjoyed working with wood and created many treasured articles that graced his yard. Jerry was known for his honky tonk piano playing and performed with his family at Lagoon Amusement Park for seven years. He also blessed the lives of hundreds of children across the Wasatch Front with his jolly Ho Ho Ho. His grandchildren were very pleased to learn their grandpa was the real Santa.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol, and the following children: Kyle and Caleen Jensen, Craig and Connie Jensen, Jodi and Troy Venable, Julie and Scott Yearsley, Rick and Wendy Jensen, and Gerilyn Jensen. He felt very blessed to have 20 beautiful grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by three sisters: Betty and Jim Harmon, Florine Hadley, Zelda and Keith Barnett, and one brother, Rex and Saundra Jensen. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Holly.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Farr West First Ward, 1800 N. 1800 W. in Farr West, with a viewing Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the church; the family will also greet those who wish to pay their respects from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services on Saturday.
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.