Joell Andrew Jensen, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on February 18, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 94.
Born May 12, 1926, in Scofield, Utah, to Joab Jensen and Melba Caroline Harris. Joell met his loving companion, LaDean Thalmann, while in junior high school. He graduated from South High School. They married in the Salt Lake Temple, May 2, 1944; one week before he left for Navy training. LaDean followed him to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked until Joell graduated. He then did duty in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He graduated from the University of Utah after WWII. Along the way they had six beautiful children, five boys then one girl. His 34 year career with the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS included supervisory and management positions in the Salt Lake City District Office and The Office of International Operations (OIO), in Washington DC. He resided four years in Tokyo, Japan; with LaDean, Mark and Jodeen. LaDean and Joell visited the Philippines, while he extensively traveled Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He retired from International Operations, Washington DC, in 1982.
Joell was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served in many callings in the Japan Tokyo Branch, the Annandale Virginia Ward and Stake, the Salt Lake East Millcreek Ward and Stake, and the Monument Park 12th Ward North Stake. He was most grateful to be a Salt Lake Temple ordinance worker for several years, beginning in 2001. He served for three years as a Church Service Missionary in the Conference Center, Salt Lake City.
Preceded in death by his companion, LaDean, in 2001; and his son, Kurt, in 2016. He is survived by four sons and a daughter, Kent (Janice), Craig, Cory (Kim), Mark (Alicia), and Jodeen (Matt) Swan; and a daughter-in-law, Pat. These children enriched and blessed the lives of Joell and LaDean with a numerous posterity of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a private family service, due to pandemic guidelines attendance at the service is by invitation only. His final resting place will be next to his eternal love, LaDean, in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Millcreek, Utah.