Have I done any good in the world today? If you’re Chris D. Jensen of Layton, Utah that was not only your motto but a way of life. Doing good in the world every day was how Chris lived his life. If you knew him, you knew that he would be the first to make you smile, bring you a treat, or go out of his way to help make your day a little better.
Chris died peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2023 next to the love of his life of 41 years. He is survived by his best friend and beautiful wife, Kathy (Wright) Jensen. He leaves behind his four children and their spouses: Aaron (Amy), Tyler (Latisha), Jeremy (Shannon) and Miranda (Nick). He will also be greatly missed by his 12 grandchildren (and 1 on the way), who absolutely adored him. He also leaves behind his brother Brad (Shauna) and his sister Sherry (Grant). He was proceeded in death by his loving parents Dee Ray and Connie Jensen.
He served as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Mission. He loved serving the people of Canada and it started a long-standing tradition of generosity and selfless service.
Upon his return home, he met Kathy, the woman of dreams on a good old fashioned blind date. She was not easily persuaded, but with his charm and persistence, he won her over. Right from the beginning, he knew she was the one. After a few weeks of dating, he proposed to his best friend, and they were sealed a few months later for time and all eternity in the Ogden Temple on March 12, 1982.
Chris was the ultimate water fighting champion. He was never one to back down from a water balloon fight and was usually the instigator. His homemade root beer was infamous. His grandchildren still believe that he was the original inventor of the grilled cheese, and they will attest to this day that he made the world’s best grilled cheese. He would always have a jug of Kool-Aid ready to go or his fridge full of your favorite drink. He loved helping his wife in the garden and spending time with her.
He loved attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He would never miss a game. He would show up wearing his sun hat, toting his wagon with his chair and a backpack or cooler full of treats. He loved supporting his family in whatever they did and loved to provide the after-game treat.
He was the recipient of the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America for his countless years as a Scout Master and helping over 50 young men receive their Eagle Scout Awards. He loved scouting and serving the young men. He spent many sleepless nights in a sleeping bag at scout camps, winter camps, and just good old campouts with his boys.
He had a big heart and loved his 12 grandchildren more than anything. He would often be seen pushing one or several of them on the swings. They would always have sleep overs and loved going to grandpa’s house. He would also make sure that they would return home with a treat bag and a can of their favorite soda pop (just like his mom used to do for his kids). He was the “treat grandpa.” He always had a mint, some smarties, or whatever he could find in the bulk section of his favorite store, WinCo, to hand out to grandkids or primary kids at church.
He served faithfully in the bishopric of the Legacy Park Ward, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved the church and loved serving in it. He has had many callings throughout the years and fulfilled them all with a servant’s heart. He was loved by his congregation, his neighbors, and his peers. He was the definition of an extraordinary leader and would lead by example by way of servitude.
He was a great man. He always believed in the “pay it forward” motto that you can make a huge impact in the world by helping someone every day. He truly “did good” in the world every day. He will be greatly missed by countless people.
We love you, Chris! Your kindness and compassion blessed the lives of thousands of people. The world will be a little dimmer without your extraordinary light. Thank you for being the best husband, father, brother, grandpa, neighbor, and friend any of us could have asked for. You will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Layton Park Ward Chapel, 789 E. Wasatch Dr., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, June 16, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Interment will follow at the conclusion of the funeral services at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton,
1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.
*Instead of sending flowers, the family would like you to fulfill Chris’ last wishes and pay it forward. Take the money that you would spend on flowers and do something good with it. Make someone smile, buy their lunch, bring them a treat, or lighten someone’s burden. He will be looking down and smiling. You can also donate to his amazing wife, via Venmo @Kathy-Jensen-1959.