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Obituary: JENSEN, GRANT EARL

Published: Thursday, Dec. 18 2014 8:29 p.m. MST

Grant Earl Jensen1936 ~ 2011Grant Earl Jensen, 75, returned to his Heavenly Father on November 17, 2011.He was born to Ezra Peter Jensen and Nina Bayliss Vanfleet on 20 June, 1936 in Garland, a small agricultural community in northeastern Utah. Soon after, he moved to Ogden where Grant attended school, graduating from Ogden High School in 1955. He then attended Weber College, a two-year school at the time, and graduated with honors. Following this, Grant served in the South Australia Mission from 1957-1959. Returning to the states, he graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and went to work for Arthur Andersen accounting firm in Denver, Colorado. He rose quickly, becoming the Controller of O.K. Tire and Oil in Denver, then Assistant Controller of Ashland Oil in Ashland Kentucky. In 1961, on June 16, he married Joan Opal Tondro in the Salt Lake Temple.He served as Bishop of Ashland Ward, President of the Charleston West Virginia Stake, and President of the Huntington West Virginia Stake. Following his retirement in 1993, he and his beloved wife Joan served seven full-time missions: Japan Tokyo; Papua New Guinea/Australia; Russia Moscow; Philippines Manila; West Africa Ghana Accra (where he served in the temple presidency); Russia Yekaterinberg; and Japan Fukuoka. He was a temple sealer and an ordinance worker in eight temples on four continents around the world.Grant and Joan had three children, Gary, Grant, and Jeanette, sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by his brother Dale, Grant is survived by sisters Lucile Thorne (Ogden) and Mary Jean Ballingham (Brigham City), and brother Evan Jensen (Preston, ID). The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the LDS Church missionary and temple funds.Funeral services will be held Monday, November 21 at 11am at the River Ridge Stake Center at 10190 South 1000 West in South Jordan. Viewing is Sunday, November 20 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley at 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S.) and Monday from 9:45-10:45 am at the church. Online condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com.