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Boyde R Jensen

June 12, 1947 — April 18, 2024

Riverton, Utah

Boyde R Jensen

Boyde Roundy Jensen, our devoted, proud and feisty husband and father, passed away after a long illness with kidney disease. Boyde was born June 12, 1947 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Dean Callen and Beth Roundy Jensen. Boyde joined older siblings Betty Jean, Gerald “Bud”, David and Maxine. The family quickly grew to include younger brother Leslie “L J” and baby sister Penny. The Victorian home was filled with love and a lot of hard work. He and his siblings had plenty of chores and housework. The boys helped in the yard outside while his sisters cleaned inside all day every Saturday. At a young age he helped his brothers in the family’s Waste Paper Company ripping up cardboard for his dad before school. You would find him selling papers right after school. He said all the hard work was worth it because he knew he would get home to enjoy his mom’s homemade bread and/or hamburger soup or the very occasional homemade French fries. 

He had the same group of friends, calling Merrill Hansen his best friend, all through his school years. He graduated from South High School in 1965 with these same friends and a few new ones including Bonnie Bills who would, unbeknownst to him, later become one of his sister-inlaws. A month after graduation he met the love of his life, Charlene Bills, over the phone. She called the Jensen home for her friend who wanted to know if his brother Les was around. Boyde reminded Char girls weren’t supposed to call guys… then asked her out a week later! He was smitten and made every effort to see her, call her or just be around her. Boyde made such an impression on her father (who rarely was impressed) that after Boyde was drafted for Vietnam, Char’s father wanted to give Boyde a reason to fight to return home so he brought up the idea of marrying Char to Boyde. They married at the tender ages of nineteen and sixteen on December 21, 1966 while he was home from basic training. He took her back with him to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina where they learned to “work at it every day” to help their marriage grow and thrive. He valiantly and dutifully served the country he loved from October 1966 to October 1968. 

Boyde and Char decided early on they wanted children and wanted to make sure they could provide a secure and stable life for them. After trying for 5 long years, his favorite first-born, Danelle, came along in 1971 and made him a proud papa. Danelle broke them in enough that he felt ready to welcome his favorite second-born, Brooke, two years later in 1973; just two months after closing on their “starter” home on Quail Run in Sandy. They stayed in that “starter” home for 43 more years! It proved to be the foundation of security and stability they sought for. 

Boyde was a man who wasn’t afraid of work. He was working for his mom and dad any way he could while he was still in elementary and middle school. In high school, he worked for Kratzer’s Bakery where he discovered the Baci roll and rediscovered it at Harmon’s Grocery decades later. He made special trips at certain times of the day just to get these rolls fresh! He went on to another bread company, Wonder Bread, and worked graveyards while Char took care of the girls. He jumped at the chance to work for Safeway Grocery stores. He experienced his first “lay-off” with Safeway but it was just a bump in the road. The next day he was on the phone with temporary agencies trying to find work. He landed a temp job with Easton Sports. They quickly turned it into permanent employment because they were so impressed with his work ethic. Easton was bought out by Bauer Sports whom he retired with in 2017. He was so proud to say he NEVER quit a job. He had a motto, “if you have to leave a job, don’t burn your bridges so if you have to go back, you can.” 

Married life at home on Saturday was spent mowing and weeding the yard as quickly as possible so he could get in and catch the scores of his favorite teams. He LOOVED all sports! Basketball, football, golf, tennis, etc, etc… it didn’t matter, his TV always had a game on if he could help it. He loved rooting for ALL his favorite teams but especially loved baseball and the Boston Red Sox. He was a huge Sox fan for sure! He loved baseball so much he even coached Char’s C-league team for 9 years. Danelle always told him he missed his calling as an umpire. He would’ve made a great umpire for the MLB. The man knew baseball. He didn’t have a favorite football team so cheered along with Danelle when her Bronco’s played or Brooke when the Redskins played – yep the Redskins! They will forever be the Redskins to us. 

Boyde and Char enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his passing. Our broken hearts are lifted at the knowledge he is no longer suffering and has reunited with his loved ones on the other side. Our grief is a little lighter through the hope we will join him again one day. We will carry on his traditions of love of family and country, hard work and sports. We’ll catch all opening day games for you dad, we promise!! He is survived by his beautiful wife, Charlene, his two devoted daughters, Danelle and Brooke and his “little angel” and “little sweetheart” – Lola, the dog who never left his side. Besides his parents, He is preceded in death by his brother Gerald “Bud” and sisters Maxine and Penny as well as several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws. 

The family would like to thank the George E. Wallen Veterans Administration for taking care of all his medical needs and ALWAYS thanking him for his service. Thank you also to Superior Health and Hospice for their patience, understanding and guiding hand as we helped this great man finish his mortal journey with dignity and respect. 

There will be a Celebration of Boyde’s Life with full military honors on Saturday, May 18 starting at 10:30 am at the pavilion of the LDS church on 9245 Quail Run Dr in Sandy, Utah. Please wear a jersey or shirt of one of his favorite teams – the Jazz, the Bees, the Eagles, Utes, RSL/Utah Royals Soccer or his beloved Boston Red Sox. Don’t you dare come wearing Yankee’s, Laker’s or Cowboy’s attire unless you want the stink eye. LOL! Services will start at 11:00 a.m. Boyde will be laid to rest at Veteran’s Memorial Park next to Camp Williams on Monday, May 20 at noon. 

 In lieu of flowers – THANK A VET, buy a Vet a meal, sit with a Vet and listen to their stories, drive a Vet to an appointment, donate your time at the VA to shuffle them around, put a green light bulb in your porch light, donate money to help any other worthy cause helping a Vet (see back of program), donate frequent flyer miles to the Honor Flight Program, STAND FOR THE ANTHEM and PROUDLY FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG.
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Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Mountain time)

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Burial

Monday, May 20, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park

17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, UT 84065

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