Mead LeRoy Jensen, our loving husband, father and grandad, age 72, passed away November 21, 1997 in Salt Lake City, of Myotonic Dystrophy.
Roy Jensen was born to Joseph Mead and Gertrude Jensen on June 11, 1925 in Salt Lake City. He received a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Utah in 1948 and a Ph.D. degree from MIT in 1951 following which he joined the faculty of Yale University in 1951. He returned to Utah in 1965 where he was professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah until his retirement in 1990. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater in the Amphibious Corp as an electronic officer.Dr. Jensen received many awards and honors and gave invited lectures throughout the world that included the William Knudsen Fellowship at MIT; Logan Lecturer, Canadian Geological Survey; Senior Scientist of the Australian Academy of Science; Sigma Xi National lecturer; Visiting Professor, Haddam University, India; and many other invited lectureships in many nations. Some include Nagoya and Tokyo Universities, Japan; Vernadsky Institute, Moscow, USSR; Nacional Atomica Energie Comm., Argentina; Stuttgart University, Germany; Geological Survey of Finland; Geological Survey of South Africa; Geological Survey of Australia; and several institutions during ten visits to Brazil. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and the textbook Economic Mineral Deposits. He was a member of The Geological Society of America for 50 years.
Dr. Jensen served as a geologist, consulting geologist, and expert geological witness for many firms such as Standard Oil Co. of California, Kennecott Copper Co., Freeport Sulfur Co., Callaghan Mining Co., Molycorp, Inc., Senior Scientist of the Office of Naval Research, and many others. He was President of Geoventures, Inc., Mineral Ventures, Ltd., and M.L. Jensen and Associates, Inc. He is listed in Who's Who and the American Men of Science.
He married LouDeen Davis in the SLC Temple on October 10, 1947. They had seven children, two (twins) died at birth. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Joseph Davis Jensen (Karen), Bountiful; Robert Mead Jensen (Carol), Salt Lake City; and three daughters, Pamela Hansen (Conway), Centerville; Patricia Done, Salt Lake City; Janice Anderson (Michael), West Valley City; and sixteen grandchildren. His mother, father, sister, Bernice Rudy, brother, G. Eldon Jensen, and granddaughter, Debi Done preceded him in death.
Roy enjoyed working on his ranch, the Wolf Creek Ranch in Woodland, Utah, and enjoyed traveling especially on geological excursions. He has traveled around the world twice in addition to the travels on tours while in the U.S. Navy. He was a licensed pilot.
Dr. Jensen was a member of the LDS Church as a High Priest in the Monument Park 13th Ward. He served in many callings including Branch Presidency of the New Haven, Conn. Branch, and District High Council of the Connecticut Valley District of the New England Mission. He was superintendent of Sunday School in the Parley's 1st Ward.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 26 in the Monument Park 13th Ward, 1320 Wasatch Drive at 12 noon. Friends may call at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday or at the Ward one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family would like to express their thanks to Rocky Mountain Home Health for the loving care and concern given to Roy over the past year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Utah Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
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