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Information for Rex Sylvanus Jensen

2 August, 1890 - 10 February, 1987

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

February, 1987
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Rex Jensen

    Services for Rex S. Jensen, 96, of Melba, who died Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Nampa hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Nampa First United Methodist Church, 404 12th Ave. S.
    A son-in-law, the Rev. George McDonough of Seattle, Wash., will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Melba Cemetery, under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Mr. Jensen was born Aug. 2, 1890, at Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to Sophus E. and Laura L. McArthur Jensen.  He was reared and educated in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from the Wasatch Presbyterian Academy there.  He later attended Cornell University.
    After his schooling, he started in the sheep business.
    He married Roxy C. Nilson Nov. 25, 1915, in Long Beach, Calif.  They returned to Mt. Pleasant, where he continued in the sheep business.  In 1919, they moved to Melba, where they purchased a ranch north of town.  In 1930, he went back into the sheep business and trailed sheep from the Snake River Valley to Bear Valley and back for many years.  He later started in the cattle business and land development.
    He and his wife owned and operated the Eldorado Land and Livestock Co. for many years.  He later sold his cattle but had continued to be active in land development.  He was involved in developing the Dry Lake farms development south of Nampa.  He also was involved in building the Melba High School while he was on the Melba school board.
    He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, past president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years.
    He is survived by his wife of Melba: three daughters, Marion L. James of Melba, R. Elizabeth (Mrs. George) McDonough of Seattle, and Chrystal J. (Mrs. E.T.) Evans of Boise; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Rex L. Jensen; a daughter, Bonnie M. Jensen; three brothers, Ralph, Harold and Herschel; and a sister, Chrystal.
    Memorials may be made to the Melba Quick Response Unit, in care of Pam Newell, Box 196, Melba 83641.
    Friends may call at the Alsip chapel today from 9 to 11 a.m.


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