Paul Parkinson Jennens, 92, of Ogden, UT, died peacefully on July 17, 2013, following a brief illness.
He was born on December 8, 1920, to Arthur Emil and Winnifred Parkinson Jennens, in Santa Monica, CA. The second of six children, he grew up in Los Angeles and Detroit and later graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in chemical engineering. He served in the United States Navy during World War II performing scientific research at Bell Laboratories. He served an LDS mission in the Pacific Northwest states and was a faithful member of the Ogden 33rd /Taylor Canyon Ward for many years, accepting callings as ward clerk and stake missionary.
Paul married his sweetheart Geraldine Bingham in the Logan LDS temple on October 2, 1959. She preceded him in death on November 1, 2011, and we imagine their reunion with joy.
He worked at Hill Air Force Base for some thirty years, winning an award for his work on development of the Sidewinder missile. An engineer to his core, he relaxed by conducting experiments on oil shale, solving jigsaw puzzles and playing solitaire. After winning a fudge-making contest in college, he considered it his culinary specialty and often treated friends and family members. A gentle man who most enjoyed simple pleasures, he was never happier than when he was walking a golf course or eating an ice cream cone or McDonald’s hamburger.
Paul was also preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by four sisters and his children Paul Jennens, Arthur (Melanie) Jennens, and Nancy (Buck) Nieraeth, and five grandchildren: Ryan, Tyler, Jacob, Bennett and Rachael. In recent years, he especially enjoyed the care and attention of his nieces Karen, Mejken, Dixie, and Mary.
We wish to thank the staff of Lotus Park Assisted Living and the nurses of Thatcher Brook Home Health for their loving service to our father and grandfather.
A service of dedication will be held for family members on Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Aultorest Memorial Park.