Don W. Jensen, 69, beloved brother, uncle, father, and friend, passed away October 11, 2021. He was born January 30, 1952, in Murray, Utah to Dale and FaunElla Houskeeper Jensen. Don was loved by many and will be deeply missed. He had a way of making sure everyone he cared about was doing well.
Growing up Don always wanted a horse and eventually saved up enough money to buy one. Later in life he had many loyal dogs, and their bond was never broken. Don loved owning a cabin in the mountains of Utah, but he loved more sharing it with those close to him. He loved making people happy and always provided the fun; from Super Bowl parties and holiday get-togethers to weekend getaways.
He loved to tease, often saying, “You don’t call, you don’t write, you don’t send flowers” but his teasing was exceeded by his ability to serve others. It could be said that he spent many days generously and quietly helping others, especially family, friends, and the missionaries, all without any need for recognition. For a time, he generously shared his home with the local missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Don also made room in his home for his father, Dale, and took on the responsibility of caregiver. Despite all the rooms in his home he gave to others, he was sure to leave a room available to dedicate to his favorite holiday: Christmas. His love for Christmas is something that will be remembered by many. If a room decorated year-round wasn’t enough to show his love for Christmas, the memories, and pictures of him helping as Santa Clause would be.
Don served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Minnesota Manitoba Mission. Professionally, Don was a store manager and supervisor over several stores for Holiday Oil and Top Stop until he retired. His nephews and nieces have fond memories of times they spent visiting him at work. His kindness and generosity as manager made him fast friends with his employees and peers.
Survived by his sister, Collene, and her husband, Craig, and family; sister-in-law, Pam, and her husband, Dwayne, and family; and his three daughters, Jamilynn, Janelle, and Juliadon. Preceded in death by his mother, FaunElla; father, Dale; brothers, Chris, and David.
We will miss you, Don, make sure you call, write, and send flowers. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.
A viewing will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 10:00 am in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) in Sandy with a graveside service following at 11:00 am in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.
Our hearts our broken. We love Don so much. He was always bringing us homemade bread and notes he invited us to dinner with him and the missionaries and We all loved his cooking. We will miss him so much. We will never forget his warm smile and sense of humor. His small acts of service that he was so quiet about. The missionaries always talked to us about how much they loved Don. They always had fun stories of him and they loved the missionary wall.
We will forever love you Don and we will miss you. The Withers Family
He earned the title “Uncle Don” by our family. Such a joy to be around. Always keeping us on edge with his whit. Thanks for invites to the cabin and dinners. Sending the Missionaries our way to check in. Always enjoyed seeing you drive by. Blessing of peace and comfort.
The Dias Family
So sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy and I can attest to his kindness that he showed to me in my late teens without seeking any recognition. I think he appreciated my orneriness and once I graduated high school, really made an impact helping me with my first jobs, and even anonymously helping fund my mission. I knew it was you Don! We lost touch as I moved on to college, career, and family, but I will always have a fond memory of Don, my impromptu pop-ins at the TopStop to say hi, and hope his family and friends recognize the charity that he seemed to give so freely.
Don was such a great friend to Mike and I . Mike said, “Don use to be my best friend and now he’s Christie’s”. Right after I was told of Don’s passing through tears I said “Mike he is now your best friend again”. Pam he was so grateful for you and your family you truly served him well.
To Don's Family we want to send our deepest sympathy to your family. Our family loved Don very much and appreciated everything he did for us. Don was one of a kind. He will be truly missed. Sincerely , Kaleen Millecam, Rashael & Mathew Dias, Cameron & Megan Millecam, Emily & Landan Reiss, Andrew and Hailee Millecam