On August 25, 2023, Gary O Jensen was reunited with his eternal love and companion, Karen. He passed on from this life to join family, friends, and his Father in Heaven, awaiting the day when all his family will be gathered together.
Gary was a great friend to all. He endured tirelessly to the end. He had a great love for his family, especially his wife, Karen. He had a kind and loving place in his heart for all he met. He believed strongly in God and eternal truth. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, but he will always be remembered.
Gary O Jensen was born in Westwood, California, to Melvon Christian Jensen and Christina Elizabeth Olsen Jensen. Gary was the youngest of four sons. Most of his young life was spent in Minnesota. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Austria and Switzerland. After his mission, he returned home to his family living in Topeka, Kansas, and met a beautiful young woman in the summer of 1965 during a church youth activity. A short three weeks later he slipped a ring on her finger at a family dinner and asked her to marry him. On December 18, 1965, Gary O Jensen and Karen Elaine Raper were sealed in the Manti Utah Temple. Over the years their family grew, and they were blessed with three daughters and two sons. Gary and Karen moved their family from American Fork to Cedar City then to Ireland, England, Arizona, and finally settled in Utah.
Gary seldom let anything get him down. He worked tirelessly at all he did. Family was important to him and always came first. He worked in many professions to care for his family and developed many talents throughout his life. Among his favorite interests was fishing. His family often found themselves up early fishing by a stream or on a boat. Another of his favorite traditions was having a fresh tree for Christmas. He took his family on many treks through the snow to find the perfect tree. He was famous for his fudge and making hot chocolate every Christmas Eve. He loved to tell his children stories about their ancestors.
He is survived by his children: Claudia (Brian), Wendy (Bob), Gary (Tricia), Lindsay (Justin), and Joel (Lela); 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and twin brother, Larry.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward chapel at 1600 E. Buttercup Drive, Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the funeral.