After living a life dedicated to the service of his family and fellow man, Howard Wight Jensen passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
Wight was born on February 3, 1932 to Howard and Edna Jensen in Brigham City, Utah. He grew up on a farm outside of Corrine, Utah with his parents and 3 sisters for the first 8 years of his life. His family later moved to Tooele, Utah where he recalled having to adjust from being a country boy to a city boy.
After graduating from Tooele High School in 1950, he joined the Navy. During his military training, he was sent to Memphis, Tennessee where he met and fell in love with Helen Jean Vaught. Wight and Helen were married on August 24, 1952 in Memphis. His military service took them to San Diego, California, and from there he was sent to Korea. In 1954, Wight was discharged from the military and the Jensens returned to Memphis where they raised their children, Cindy and Eric.
In Tennessee, Wight worked hard in his career with the United States Postal Service from which he eventually retired. As he grew in his faith, he also held many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including his service as a Bishop for 6 years. Upon Wight’s retirement, he received a temporary position working with FedEx.
In 1991, Wight and Helen left their beloved southern home behind as they moved to Provo, Utah to be close to their grandchildren. While in Utah, he continued to work for FedEx until Helen’s health and struggles with Parkinson’s Disease required his full-time attention and care. It was at this time of his life where he lost himself in the service of others as he dedicated 23 consecutive years to being an ordinance worker in the temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 2010, his wife Helen passed away.
In 2011, Wight fell in love again and married Carol Nemelka Jensen. He and Carol lived in her home in Sandy, Utah. Together they served two full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Washington D.C. and New York City. The latter years of Wight’s life were focused on serving in the temple with Carol. This was a time of great peace for him, and he had a deep love for temples and the happiness he found there.
Wight was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jean Jensen, and their baby, Penelope Lee Jensen. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Jensen, his son, Howard Eric Jensen, his 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife Carol Nemelka Jensen, and her children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday February 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens located at 1950 E Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30-1045 a.m. Interment will take place at the Brigham City Cemetery, Brigham City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wight’s honor to Code of Vets https://www.codeofvets.com/.
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Wight was always smiling and a gracious friendly neighbor. We'll miss him.our sympathy to his amazing bride and family.
Bob and Judi
Sorry for your loss, but I am deeply grateful for Wight’s life, for his profound services to Lord on earth and happiness that allows him to come to the earth to learn his individual lessons and grow in knowledge and wisdom and give him an eternal view. I pray for his success and unencumbered, in his new calling on the other side of veil, in the spirit world. Father please bless him as he continues to serve the Lord.