In Loving Memory
Ronald M. Jensen
9/23/1930 - 10/23/2012

Ronald M. Jensen, 82 of Basalt passed away October 23, 2012 at EIRMC in Idaho Falls, Idaho surrounded by his loving family.

Ronald was born September 23, 1930 in Basalt, Idaho to Mary Ellen Singleton Jensen and Rulon M Jensen. His father passed away in 1930. Ronald went to grade school in Basalt and was valedictorian of the 8th grade. Ronald graduated from Firth High School where he played football, basketball, and softball, as well as being involved in the Ag program.

As a young man he worked hard to earn a little money to help his mother. He thinned and hoed sugar beets, worked in the hay, harvested grain, and picked potatoes. Ronald served honorably in the Navy as an aviation mechanic. After his honorable discharge, he came home and married the love of his life, who was also his first date, Naida Johnson; in the Idaho Falls temple on June 19, 1951.

In the first years of his married life, not only was he a farmer/rancher, but he was also a contract milk hauler for Challenge Creamery in Idaho Falls. Up until the day he passed he fulfilled his dream of working alongside his family on the farm and ranch. He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ronald served in many callings such as: dance instructor, Young Men’s President, Sunday school teacher, High Priest Group Leader, and Bishop. In the little spare time that he had, he served the community as a school board member for 12 years, and 6 years on the Snake River valley irrigation district.

Ronald is survived by his beautiful loving wife of 62 years, his sister Verda Daw, 5 daughters, Ronda (Donald) Hansen, Cindy (David) Telford, Gwen (Kim) Leavitt, Laurie (Bryce) Jolley, Konnie (Brian) Crezee, one son Drew (Nollene) Jensen, and 24 Grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Thaine and Merle Jensen, as well as his sister Venice.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday October 27, 2012 at the Firth Stake Center (823 North 675 East) in Basalt, Idaho. The family will receive friends on Friday October 26, 2012 from 6:30 till 8:30 pm at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley, and Saturday morning from 10:00 till 10:45 A.M. at the church. Interment will be in the Basalt Cemetery with military rites by the David B. Bleak Post #93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.

Online Condolences
From: Scott Zundel   Sugar City Idaho
Relationship:  Former Ward Member

I am glad to have known Bishop Jensen. I hope al is going well. May God's blessing be with you during the difficult days ahead.
Sent:  10/25/2012
From: Norman & Tresa Hansen   Pocatello IIdaho
Relationship:  Long time Friends

Naida & Family, We can't begin to tell you how we feel, but know this, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Great friendships are a wonderful thing in our lives and we wish the best for you.
Sent:  10/25/2012
From: Marilyn (Wootton) Young   McCammon Idaho
Relationship:  Friend of the family

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father, husband, grandfather. Bishop Jensen is such a kind and generous man. That he loved our Father In Heaven was evident in everything he did. I am proud to have known him and I cherish the friendship I have with the entire family. May your happy memories and your faith sustain you at the time and always. Sincerely,Robert and Marilyn Young. Dr. Rachel & Reed Aughney-Clawson, Dr. Jeff & Stacey Aughney, Mike & Lori Aughney, Sara & Ian Hill, Scott Aughney
Sent:  10/25/2012
From: Marlo Merrell   Moses Lake Washington
Relationship:  Cousin

Although I did not know many of my Jensen relatives I met Ron at a Jenson reunion and felt bad that I had missed the opportunity to know him before then. I am sorry for the family's loss of a loved one and wish to let you know our prayers are with you.
Sent:  10/25/2012
From: The Stolworthy's (Ed & Lonnie) & Mike & Bonnie Bates   Firth Idaho
Relationship:  Friends.

We were deeply saddened to hear of Ronald's passing. He was such a nice man and showed kindness to everyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you and the family at this time. We pray that God will be with you embracing you with comfort and peace.
Sent:  10/26/2012
From: Cathi Stanger   Ammon Idaho
Relationship:  Friend

Dear Naida, Laurie, Gwen, Drew and other family members, It has been a privilege for me to be acquainted with your family through Temple assignments over the years. I know your hearts are heavy, but the joy that comes from having a father who loved his family, his home and his Heavenly Father know no bounds. My love and prayers are with you.
Sent:  10/26/2012
From: Mike and Connie Clawson   Firth Idaho
Relationship:  friends and neighbors

We have lost a truly great friend and neighbor in the passing of Ronald Jensen. What a kind, honest and hard working man! His influence lives on through his wonderful kids and grandchildren! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time! He was truly loved!
Sent:  10/27/2012
From: Carol Barnard Broadbent   Homer Alaska
Relationship:  Friend

Dear Naida and Family, I am so glad to have known all of you for ALL these years. As I think back, our families have really been "forever friends". I have so many good memories of all of you. Ron was certainly a Great example of our Savior's love, especially to his family and friends. It was so nice of you to include my Mom and Dad in the service's. You are truly like family to us. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge of the Gospel. I know that it is hard to lose a loved one, especially a spouse, but it is so nice to KNOW where they are and to continue to feel their love. May your wonderful memories also bring you happiness-as they do me. Thank you for always being such good friends. Love to all of you, Carol
Sent:  10/30/2012

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