John Eugene Jensen |

John Eugene Jensen

John Eugene Jensen 76, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado passed away March 9, 2014. John was born September 2, 1937 in Holbrook, Arizona to Nels and Armilda Jensen.

John had a distinguished career in the Navy, spending 5 years in MCB-10 in Adak, AK, Guam and Okinawa. He had shore duty in Kingsville, TX where he married Mila Earnest in 1964. In 1966 he joined MCB 58 in Davisville, RI and deployed twice to Vietnam. He then spent three years in a Disaster Recovery unit in Gulfport, MS. During this time he was instrumental in saving many lives in the midst of Hurricane Camille; he received a Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts. In 1975, he was again deployed to Okinawa for 9 months. He retired from the Navy after 20 years in 1976 and moved with his family to Glenwood Springs. He loved his home on Canyon Creek and adored his family. He loved teaching his children to hunt and fish. He and Mila loved to travel with their friends. He had a quick wit and could find humor in almost any situation. He was the most open minded man and accepted everyone for who they were always. He made sure his home was open to anyone who may be in need. He was cherished by his wife, children and extended family of friends.

He is survived by his wife Mila, son Clint Jensen, daughter Misty Jensen Rideout (Randy), brother Rich (Bobbie) Jensen Green River, Wyoming, sister Shirley Parsons, Custer, SD, one grandchild Nicholas. Preceded in death by his son Jeff Vaughn Jensen. A celebration of life will take place Saturday March 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at 568 CR 137 Road Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

A potluck will follow, side dishes would be appreciated.

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