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Obituary for Bryce Raleigh Jensen

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Bryce Raleigh Jensen

November 18, 1914 - June 4, 2016

Bryce Raleigh Jensen was born on November 18, 1914 in Roy, Utah to Joseph William and Iola (not Lola) Thompson Jensen. Bryce died in his South Ogden home on Saturday, June 4. Through a combination of his incredible determination and a variety of support, Bryce lived in his own home until his passing. He didn’t know how not to give it his best until his body gave out during the final few days of his life.

Bryce attended Weber High School and Weber College before going to Reno, Nevada to live with his sister Grace and attend the University of Nevada Reno. In 1936, Bryce returned home to Roy to help his Father with the family farm. On a blind date in the summer of 1941, Bryce met his dear wife, Bobbie. They announced their engagement to be married on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. Bryce and Barbara Naisbitt Shaw were married on January 8, 1942 in Ogden, Utah. Bryce served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for a little over three years during World War II training young recruits in Miami Beach and as a cryptographer in several locations. He refers to his time on the island of Guam as his “paid vacation.”

Bryce ran the family orchard in Roy with his aging Father until he was commissioned by President Kennedy as the Postmaster for the Roy post office. He retired at age 66 after 20 years as Postmaster, and he and Bobbie spent many wonderful years in retirement. One of their favorite pastimes was going on picnics in the mountains together to enjoy the beauty of nature. Bobbie passed away in September 2000.

Bryce was proud of his roots in the Democratic Party. He sang at political rallies as a young man, and spoke often of his Father, J.W. Jensen who was Speaker in the Utah House in the 1937 session. Bryce’s involvement in community and public service was important to him. When asked what advice he would give on living a good life, Bryce said he felt it was important to do something for someone else – to try to “make a contribution.” One of Bryce’s greatest achievements when he was on the Weber County School Board was hiring T.H. “Ted” Bell as superintendent of schools for Weber County who later went on to be U.S. Secretary of Education from 1981-1985. In addition, Bryce served on the Weber County Planning Commission, president of the Roy Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Ogden Golf and Country Club.

As an avid golfer for many decades, Bryce enjoyed time with friends and family at the Ogden Golf and Country Club, and his last hole one (his 8th) was at age 96. He enjoyed being called “ace” for the rest of the summer. Bryce always wanted to arrange for family get-togethers and often lamented that many of his grandchildren were so far away. Bryce is survived by his son Chuck (Lisa) Jensen, his daughter Jacque Jensen (Scott Nielsen), 11 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie and granddaughter, Carlie Jensen.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported Bryce in his journey and provided end of life care: Bruce was Father’s companion and driver for many years; Judy was his afternoon caregiver; and the Caregiver’s Support Network team were there for Bryce when he needed them. Everyone treated Father as though he was their own Father or elderly relative. We are so grateful for your loving care.

There will be a viewing at Leavitt’s Mortuary at 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 6-8:00 pm, and a graveside service at the Roy City Cemetery (5200 South 2300 West) on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 am.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Time: 10:00 am -

Roy City Cemetery


2300 W 5300 S, , Roy, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Roy City Cemetery


2300 W 5300 S, , Roy, UT,

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Born: November 18, 1914
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Girls from the greenery posted on 6/14/16

Love you Bryce! All of us at the Greenery will always remember your kindness. Hope they have red wine in heaven you're the sweetest man ever!


Susie adams posted on 6/11/16

Jacque & Charlie (that's the name I remember), Hearing of Bryce's passing gave me many youthful memories: riding on the tracker, picking fruit and of course parties! The one word that I think is Dapper, Bryce was a true gentleman with a smile! Enjoy your memories! God speed, Susie Bauter Adams Tucson, Az


Kathleen Andrews posted on 6/11/16

Jacque, Ken and I both send you our sincere condolences. We have known Bryce through golf for many years and admire his courage and stamina. We always marveled that he would go for lunch with Bruce without fail everyday. Our love to you and your family. Ken and Kathy Andrews


LInda Holley posted on 6/9/16

Dear Chuck, Lisa, Jacque and Scott, My thoughts have been with you since learning the news. I'm sorry I'm not able to make it to Ogden for the service, but will be remembering Bryce that day and some of the fun times we had with him and all of you. I last saw him in April when I was visiting and we shared some wine and laughs as Mom, Leslie and I encouraged him to sing a few songs. Of course, we didn't even have to ask him to share the one about "Lord, it's hard to be humble....." since that was always his first "go-to" choice. And, although I've never heard anyone else sing it, some of that silly ditty will stay with me always. My sincere condolences to all of you.


Rich and Kristin Bauter posted on 6/8/16

Chuck and Jacque, So sorry to hear about your dad. He set the bar so high for the rest of us. Always a gentleman and the perfect example of the Greatest Generation. They worked hard and played hard making great friends along the way. Those friends and their kids will never forget a good guy like Bryce.


Tammy Slaughter posted on 6/8/16

Jacque & family, So sorry to hear about your father, sounds like he led a wonderfully full, happy, and long life. My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time.


Wendy Loock posted on 6/8/16

Jacque, Chuck and family, The world will never be the same without your amazing father in it! He was such an incredible, gracious, distinguished man who touched the lives of so many of us. I am honored to have known him and will cherish the times I had the pleasure of visiting with him. Although he has passed he will remain in the hearts of those who loved him. May your memories of him bring a smile to your face and comfort you during this difficult time. Wendy Loock