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Garth L. Jensen
March 1, 1946 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
Garth Jensen was born in 1946 to Leland and Melba Jensen. He was welcomed by a sister and brother, Karen and Lionel. Later, two more sisters, Sheila, Sonja and brother, Douglas completed the family.
Life started in a little white house in Burton with outdoor plumbing.
Garth’s Dad, Leland, and two of his brothers, Rex and Grant, farmed together so their families spent a lot of time together and the cousins became best friends.
The Jensen boys started working at a very early age. They were in trucks and on tractors as soon as their feet reached the pedals. That’s when Garth’s LOVE of farming started and it lasted his whole life.
Their backyard was the Texas slough and the farmlands of Burton. They’d camp in the old sheep camp down in the trees. They’d swim, fish, and hunt with Garth’s dog Jack. Howard and Garth rode the dirt roads all around Burton collecting pop bottles to trade for candy at the Burton Store.
Years passed as the cousins grew to men with their own families. The land was divided between each family. Lionel, Garth and Douglas became Triple J Farms.
Farming was not a winter job so Garth picked up many jobs to earn money. He worked at Ted’s gas station, did some carpentry work for Zollinger Const, he worked at Roger Brothers, and drove spud trucks for Brent Grover, Remingtons. He was always an ambitious worker.
Garth loved snowmachines and raced in many of the area races including the 101. He got his draft papers and joined the Army Reserve.
Garth dated Claudia Holden in high school and they got married. The marriage blessed them with three beautiful daughters: Shanelle, Danielle, and Rachelle. He continued to farm with his family and built his family a Home on the farmland he cleared in Burton. Garth and Claudia later divorced.
In 1987 Garth and Gina Squires went out on a date to go boating and fishing. They were together after that. They got married 2 ½ years later between grain and spud harvest as was the Jensen Rule so as not to interfere with work.
They loved steelhead fishing down the Salmon River when farming was done. They collected antiques which extended their travels. Later when the farm was sold they moved to Indiana to enjoy the same rural lifestyle but gained a broader view of the world around them. There were many adventures.
Garth was a fun, kind-hearted person. People recognized that in him.
Garth is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gina; daughters, Shanelle (Darin) Thompson (Rexburg), Danielle Schockley (Houston, TX), Rachelle Jensen (Maricopa, AZ). He has 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Sisters: Karen (Don) Moedl, Ft. Mohave, AZ; Sheila (Al) Porter, Stansbury Park, UT; Sonja Moldenhauer, American Falls, ID. Brother: Douglas (Sundee) Jensen, Rexburg, ID.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lionel and wife, Cassie Jensen.
Garth preferred no formal service or viewing. There will be a casual come as you are gathering for friends and family at Flamm Funeral Home on February 09, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.