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dad – welcome section

Welcome to Duane’s online memorial. Over the coming days, weeks, and months, we’ll be adding things here to tell his story.

If you have memories or thoughts you’d like to share about Duane, please scroll to the bottom of this page and post them.

Love –

The Jensen Family


Dad Obituary

~ Obituary ~

Duane Huber Jensen passed peacefully into the next world on July 8 2017, while surrounded by his family. He leaves behind a family who loved him and will miss him greatly.

Duane was born on 12 July 1942 in Glendale, CA, the second child of Edmund and Mae Jensen. The family moved to Logan, UT when he was young to help his grandfather, W.F. Jensen run his candy business. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Logan where he played the clarinet, earned his brown belt in karate, was a roller skate dancer, became an Eagle Scout, and was captain of the ROTC rifle team, holding state marksmanship records.

After high school, he served in the US Army and then served an LDS mission in South West England. Following his mission, his life took a sudden turn when he was critically injured on a motorcycle in Logan Canyon. A devastating head injury left him with paralysis including his throat, tongue, and the right side of his body. After multiple years of rehabilitation, the only injury that persisted was a speech impediment. Refusing to be limited, he went on to lead a normal life, marrying and divorcing Ann House before meeting his eternal companion, Ruth, whom he married in the Logan Temple on 11 Sept 1975.

Duane and Ruth made their home in Logan and had three children while Duane carried on with work and service to his community near and far. Work wise, he was a draftsman at ACE Mill and a custodian at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, from where he retired.

Duane loved spending time in is wood shop. He was well known for his wood carvings and wooden toys, of which he made and gave away to untold thousands of people around the world.

He leaves behind his wife, Ruth, of 41 years, and his children: Paul of Salt Lake City, Camille (Joe) Rael of San Tan Valley, AZ, Michael of North Logan, and five grandchildren: Makinley and Makelle Jensen; Brody, Zander and Mason Rael.  Also grieving his loss are three brothers and a sister: Jim (Monika) Jensen of Bountiful UT, David (Elizabeth) Jensen of Atlanta GA, Maureen (Owen) Andrus of Holladay UT, and Albert (Dee Ann) Jensen of Draper UT. He was preceded in death by his parents and a couple of very good dogs. 

There will be a viewing at Allen Hall Mortuary on Thursday Evening from 6-8 pm, 34 East Center St, Logan UT.

The funeral will be on Friday at 12 pm at the Logan Second Ward 89 South 200 West in Logan, with a viewing at the church from 10:30-11:30 AM prior to the services.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Stones and the care staff at Sunshine Terrace for their above and beyond care for Duane.

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dad – Memorial Video

Memorial Video

This is the video that played during Duane’s viewing. Produced by his son, Paul.


Audio from Duane’s Funeral Program:

1:24 – Makinley Jensen (grand daughter) musical number –  “Nearer My God To Thee”

6:55 – Maureen Andrus (sister) – tribute

15:05 – Al Jensen (brother) – tribute

33:15 – Jim Jensen (brother), musical number – medley

40:27 – Oscar Schultz (friend) – tribute

44:52 – Makelle Jensen (granddaughter) musical number, “Insurgentes”

47:25 – Paul Duane Jensen (son) – tribute

dad shop photo essay

~ Duane’s Wood Shop ~

Dad was a real life Santa, working year round in his shop to create toys and other wooden gifts to give. Making people happy with his creations brought him immense joy.  This photo essay was created in July 2011.  – Paul Duane

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Dad – HJ guest book

Condolences left with the Herald Journal Newspaper:

July 17, 2017
So happy for Duane. I am sure he is having a wonderful time now.. The funeral was perfect. All the speakers did a great job as was the music. Please tell Jim that His music presentation was breathtaking. We have never heard anything that beautiful before. He has certainly become a master with that instruument and the accompanying instruments & voices were amazing with him.

July 13, 2017

Duane was a good friend and wonderful person. He was a year ahead of me at Logan High and after my mission I knew him at USU before his accident. He helped edit papers I was writing for a university class. He was so bright and good with English, punctuation, spelling and rearranging sentences to make them more readable. He came up to me and offered more than once in the LDS Institute library and was so giving of his time. His bright eyes and enthusiasm for life were remarkable. I was saddened for months after his accident, but his drive and enthusiasm continued even though handicapped and engendered in me great love and respect for him.

July 13, 2017

Duane was a childhood friend from grade school at the Whittier to high school. He always was friendly and wanted to know how things were with me. He will be missed by all who knew him.

July 13, 2017

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your beloved Duane Jensen. May you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Isaiah 57:15

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