August 3, 1930 ~ November 30, 2019

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Keith Jensen, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Chubbuck, Idaho with his wife of 67 years, Marian, by his side.  A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, at the Wilks Funeral Home, 211 West Chubbuck Road, Chubbuck, Idaho. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tyhee Stake Center, 12146 West Tyhee Road, Pocatello. 

Keith was born August 3, 1930, in Rexburg, Idaho, and was raised a few miles southwest in an area now known as Burton.

Keith was the youngest of 11 children. Growing up, Keith was an athletic and bright student with a keen mind. He attended Ricks College, where he was a four-year letterman in track & field.

While attending Ricks, he met his beautiful wife, Marian Amonette, on a blind date and they quickly learned that she too was the youngest of 11 children and that their mothers shared the same first name - they laughed at this amazing coincidence and quickly fell in love, marrying in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple on September 22, 1952.

Keith proudly served in the U.S. Army and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before his discharge in 1956. He and Marian homesteaded a farm in the Rupert, Idaho, Northside area. It was a time of hard work, happiness, dreams and raising a young family.

Keith decided to become a funeral director and together they purchased the Shaffer-Jensen Mortuaries in Payette, New Plymouth and later they built the funeral home in Fruitland, Idaho. Keith also later owned and operated funeral homes in Bonners Ferry and Burley, Idaho as well as many other business enterprises around the country.

Keith and Marian served for many years as temple ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls Temple and served a full-time mission at the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission.

Keith was a kind and gentle man, dearly loved by all but especially his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His home was always open to them and he provided everyone with a smile and words of encouragement with sage wisdom.

He is survived by his loving wife Marian, children Janice Green (Richard), JoAnne Good, Teresa Marren Yamashita (Wes), Lisa Jensen DeMaiolo (Steve), Russell Jensen (Suzanne), 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Helena (Minnie) Rasmina Hansen and Niels Jensen, his sons-in-law Jason Good and Terry Marren and his grandson Tyler Jensen.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at wilksfuneralhome.com.

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