Our beloved husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Bruce Allen Jensen, age 80, passed away on August 19, 2019. After many years of suffering with Alzheimer's, Leukemia, and chronic back pain, he is free from pain and at peace. He has been reunited with so many loved ones on the other side and while we will miss him, we know we will be reunited again someday. We are so grateful to know that families are forever. \r\n\r\nBruce was born in Salt Lake City on August 30, 1938 to Perris And Gwen Jensen. He was the fourth boy of six children. He was raised in the Sugarhouse area and the family moved to Midvale shortly before he graduated high school. He graduated from Jordan High School a year early and started college at Brigham Young University at the age of 16. He received a Bachelors of Language and later a Masters in Language Education from BYU. He was always a true blue Cougars fan.\r\n\r\nBruce married his eternal sweetheart and companion, Diane Henricksen, on April 13, 1962 in the Salt Lake City Temple. He was always kind and considerate and treated Diane with the utmost love and care. They were very best friends. They honeymooned on their way to complete his Basic Training in the Army in Lawton, Oklahoma. Bruce served for many years in the Army and Army Reserves in Special Intelligence. They returned and lived in Provo, UT for a few years where Bruce was instrumental in creating the German Language Training Program that would later develop into the Missionary Training Center. They also lived in San Mateo, CA, Salt Lake City in the Parleys area, Cottonwood Heights, and have spent their final years in South Jordan. Together they had seven children, including one daughter who was stillborn.\r\n\r\nBruce was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different callings throughout his life. He served a mission for the church in the West German, Germany Mission. He served as a member of the High Council and had a great talent for writing and delivering amazing talks that invited the Spirit. Always a missionary, he was able to express his testimony in a way that touched many hearts and lives. Bruce returned to Germany with Diane to serve as a missionary couple in the Leipzig, Germany mission, an experience they cherished. They were also able to serve as temple workers in the Jordan River Temple for many years. \r\n\r\nBruce, along with his father and his brothers, built a cabin in Island Park near Yellowstone. They went on a yearly fishing trip together and were very close. He loved to fish and be in the great outdoors and loved to take his family to the cabin. He would patiently teach each one of his children and grandchildren to fish and it was a highlight of their childhood. He loved to travel and loved to take his children to new places. He made an effort to plan frequent vacations where his family was able to spend time together, see the many amazing things of the world, and make many wonderful memories. \r\n\r\nBruce’s favorite hobby was his children and grandchildren. He was always very involved and knew each of them well. He would spend time talking to each one individually and make them feel like the most important person in the world. He taught them to fish, to swim, and to play the piano and the marimba. He loved to tell stories and jokes, to play with them, and to give them countless nuzzies, which they all loved. He adored his children and grandchildren and they adored him. \r\n\r\nBruce was blessed with many talents. He was an amazing piano player, but was mostly known for his beautiful marimba playing. He learned to play the marimba at age 5 and continued to play his entire life, often arranging music to accommodate this unique instrument. He transported his marimba across the ocean when he left for his first mission to Germany and blessed those on the mission with his talents. He was always willing to share this talent and was often asked to play at special events and funerals for others. \r\n\r\nBruce had a brilliant mind and a great memory. He was an entrepreneur and worked in many different professions throughout his life. He was an amazing leader and a teacher to many. He was an expert in Real Estate and investments. In his later years he worked as a Funeral Director Assistant for Jenkins Soffe Mortuary. His talent for kindness and the ability to comfort others was a great strength as he served others during their most difficult time. \r\n\r\nBruce had a wonderful sense of humor and was the teller of many “Dad jokes”. He could always bring a smile to others. He had a great love for those he associated with from neighbors and ward members, to business associates, and friends. He was always friendly and had a smile on his face. He had an amazing ability to be able to speak with anyone and make them feel like they genuinely mattered. He found the strengths in others and expressed his admiration and appreciation often. He always left someone feeling better at the end of a conversation.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his loving wife, Diane, six children: Jerry (Cindy) Jensen, Elaine Lemon, Eric (Jennifer) Jensen, Allen Jensen, Stephanie (Jim) Coleman, and Cyndi (Ben) Jordan; 24 grandchildren: Mark (Kelly) Jensen, Candice (Trevor) Petersen, Dylan (Chantel) Jensen, Marisa (Nathan) Van De Graaff, Katie Jensen, Bryce Lemon, Alyssa Lemon, Derek Lemon, Connor Lemon, McKell Lemon, Seth (Karissa) Jensen, Jonah Jensen, Cassady Jensen, Eli Jensen, Bailey Coleman, Mae Coleman, Kylie Coleman, Kira Coleman, Skylar Jordan, Nickolas Jordan, McKade Jordan, Alexis Jordan, Kaleia Jordan, and Isaiah Jordan and 4 great grandchildren: Max, Josie, Weston and Sophia. He is also survived by one brother, Neil (Martha) Jensen, two sisters, Arlene (Gary) Curtis and Marilyn (John) Dougall, and many nieces and nephews, who often described him as "the favorite uncle". He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Homer and Wendell; his daughter, Mary Gwen, and three grandsons, Kye Lemon, Gabriel Jordan, and Reese Jordan. \r\n\r\nMany thanks to the wonderful staff and friends at Heritage Care Center who lovingly cared for him in his final days and the wonderful care and friendship provided by Jenkins Soffe Mortuary. \r\n\r\nFuneral Services will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 11 am at the LDS Chapel at 10124 S. 1300 W., South Jordan, Utah. There will be a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am. Interment will follow at the Lehi Cemetery.