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Jay Golden Jensen

Died: Mon., Jan. 18, 2016


Visitation

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Location: LDS Princeton Building


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Location: LDS Princeton Building


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Jay Golden Jensen died January 18, 2015, in Orem, Utah, after a long illness.  Jay was residing at Ashford Assisted Living in Highland, Utah, prior to his death.  He was 91 years of age.  Jay was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on February 8, 1924, the oldest child of J. Golden and Myrtle Lillie Jensen.  He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Donna Jones, in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 17, 1948.  Jay and Mary Donna were married for 61 years when Mary Donna passed away in 2010.    

 

Jay was raised in Pocatello and lived there for 76 years.  He graduated in 1942 from Pocatello High School where he excelled in athletics, scholastics, and leadership.  Jay was an exceptional athlete and an outstanding basketball player.  He was named to the All State team three years straight and was captain of the All State team his senior year.  Jay served as class president, student body vice-president, and student body president. He attended Boys State where he was elected Governor, and he won the Idaho State Oratorical Tournament.

 

Jay enrolled at Idaho Southern Branch (now Idaho State University) in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy's V-12 Officer Training program.  He continued to excel in basketball for two years and was the Student Body President before he was transferred to Notre Dame to complete his Naval Officer training. Jay was commissioned as a Naval Officer in October, 1944, and served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war.  

 

In 1946, Jay enrolled at Brigham Young University where he starred on the basketball team for two more years and was an All-American candidate. He graduated from BYU in 1948 with a BS in Education.  He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Education at Idaho State College in 1958. Jay was given the opportunity to return to Poky High where he taught History and coached basketball for 5 years.  

 

In 1956, Jay was hired as the Director of Housing at Idaho State College. He later became Dean of Men.  In 1970, he was named Dean of Student Affairs where he remained until his retirement in 1989.  Throughout his long and distinguished career at ISU, Jay was known and honored for his ability to lovingly guide and counsel young people.  He continued to have a profound impact on those he knew, including his grandchildren, young church members, and even his CNAs in the twilight of his life.

 

Due to health issues, Jay and Mary Donna moved from their beloved Pocatello to Tracy, CA, in 2000 to live with their daughter Leesa, her husband Tom and their family. For the remainder of their lives, Jay and Mary Donna were cared for by Leesa and her family.  Jay moved to Highland, UT, with Leesa and Tom in 2012.

 

Jay was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in numerous leadership positions in his ward and the East Pocatello Stake.  He was active in the community, serving as Chairman of the United Campaign, UNICEF, and the Bannock Regional Medical Center Board of Directors for many years.  While on the Bannock board, he was instrumental in obtaining the first Life Flight services in Southeast Idaho.

 

Jay was an active sportsman throughout his life.  He participated in handball, racquetball, and owned horses. He was a member of the Bannock County Sherriff’s Mounted Posse for many years. He won numerous awards with his horsemanship while riding his champion Arabian, Nefarr, during Posse competitions across the state. 

 

Jay is survived by his son, Jay G. Jensen Jr. (Janet) Riverton, UT; daughter Leesa Steele (Tom) Highland, UT; brother, Reed Jensen (Brigette), Bloomington, IL; brother, Richard Jensen, St. George, UT.  Jay had 9 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

Jay was preceded in death by Mary Donna, his wife; two infant children, Brett Thomas and Karen Ann; his brother, Gordon; and his parents.  

 

Services will be on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11 am at the LDS church, 42 Princeton Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83201with a viewing for one hour prior. Visitation will be on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83201, 208-233-1500.

Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1520 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83204.

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Roger and Sally Burrup, Little Rock, Arkansas
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
Leesa, Jay and families: I am so sorry to hear about your dad! Your parents were some of my favorite people in my growing up years. I know this is hard when the day comes that our generation becomes the oldest one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

BOB AND MARY ANN BROBERG
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
DEAR JENSEN FAMILIES---READING JAY'S BEAUTIFUL OBITUARY HAS RETURNED TO MIND AND HEART--SO MANY NOW CHERISHED MEMORIES. HIS VERY NAME "GOLDEN" DESCRIBES HIS SOUL AND HIS PERSONALITY. HE WAS MY IDOL FROM EARLY 6TH WARD DAYS TO THE PRESENT. MY TWIN BROTHER DICK{NOW DECEASED} AND I HELD HIM AND THE ENTIRE JENSEN FAMILY IN THE HIGHEST OF ESTEEM. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND LOYAL FRIENDSHIP AND OUR LOVE. BOB AND MARY ANN BROBERG---ST. GEORGE, UTAH

Bryan and Renee Bowser
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016
Jay Jr., Leesa, and Family, condolences to the Jensen family. His beautiful obituary brought to mind past and wonderful memories that my parents both shared about Jay. My mother grew up with Jay attending the same church. My father played basketball with Jay at Poky High, served as a student body officer with Jay, and taught with Jay at Poky High school. Our family held Jay and the entire Jensen family in the highest esteem. He was indeed an impressive man, a fine friend, and one worthy of emulation.

Carol and Jim Mahar
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016
We were so sorry to learn that Jay had passed. I have known and admired Jay and his family and his wife's family my entire life. Jim was so very fond of "Dean Jensen" when we were students at ISU. Students at ISU respected and trusted Jay so much and enjoyed Mary Donna's classes. They both added so much to the fine legacy of ISU and Pocatello. Both are missed. Jim and I had difficulty selecting someone to marry us. When my dad mentioned Jay's name, we both responded with an enthusiastic "YES!" Our best wishes and thoughts to the family. Love, Carol and Jim Mahar

Gordon F. Jones
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016
To Jay Jensen's Family,
I worked many years with Jay at the University and enjoyed his friendship and guidance. My God be with you all....

Chanda
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
I am so sad to hear that Jay has passed. He was an incredible man and touched the lives of so many! I always enjoyed the talks we had while caring for him at Ashford! He will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers with Leesa and the rest of his family. He will definitely be watching over all of us! I wonder if he's up there zooming around on his Jazzy Scooter, that thing was so darn fast! So many great laughs with this wonderful man!

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