Obituary: Gary Gene Jensen


Gary Gene Jensen, age 79, passed away Aug. 2 at Castle Rock Nursing Home in Green River, Wyo.

He grew up on the Tanner Ranch in Boulder, Wyo. As a young boy, he attended primary grades in a one-room schoolhouse, Muddy Emerson School, then went on to graduate from Pinedale High School.

Gary then turned his attention to higher education while attending the University of Wyoming and Northwest School for Heavy Equipment Operator Engineers in Portland, Ore. He would also enroll in classes and received certifications at Western Wyoming Community College later in his life.

Gary served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif., with the military police.

Gary is survived by his wife, Joi Jensen of Rock Springs, Wyo., sister Laura Lozier of Pinedale, daughter Tracy (Kirk) Hoover of Pinedale, son Larry (Natalia) Jensen of Rockville, Md., daughter Donna (Chris) Lauger of Sandy, Utah, his daughter Cristtina Kemp, of Rock Springs, Wyo., and a son in-law Dale Kemp, of Salt Lake City. He is survived by grandchildren Elizabeth Kemp, Dawson Hoover, Madelaine Lauger, Vlad Jensen, and Tiana Jensen. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Wanita Jensen and Marilyn Penton.

Graveside service will be held Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Rock Springs Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Odd Fellows Hall. Memorial gifts and donations can be made to the Rock Springs Odd Fellows, Excelsior Lodge No. 9, 525 N. Front St., Rock Springs, WY 82901.