MONROE — This is the story of Richard “Lee” Jensen aka Dad/G-pa. He was an amazing and generous man who was loved and cherished by those who knew him. He passed away Sept. 28, 2019, in St. George. He will be missed deeply.

Lee’s story begins April 23, 1952, in Salina. He was born to Richard and Loretta Jensen and graduated Richfield High School in 1970. He was the third of seven children. Lee had a lifelong love of horse racing and he began this endeavor as a jockey. This gave him the opportunity to travel across the country, live in new places and meet new people. That experience gave him a lifetime of stories to tell.

In 1970, Lee married Darlene Heaps but later was divorced in 1987 and moved back to his roots in Monroe. He lived there for 32 years. Lee had two children. He was an outspoken advocate for the ADA and spent several years doing volunteer work.

Lee was a fighter and teaser right up until the very end. He had struggles that most can’t even comprehend yet was an inspiration to so many. Lee always loved with his whole heart unconditionally.

“It Isn’t All Roses.”

He is survived by his son, Jason Lee Jensen, Monroe; daughter, Ranie Irene (Kenneth) Rash, St. George; grandchildren, Ashly, Shelbi, Mercedie, Myka, Haylee, Ember, Parker, Zoey and Kenny; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, George Danny (Norma) Jensen, Austin; Pat (Larry) Rappleye, Salem; Ann (Jim) Kennedy, Florence, Arizona; Inez (Keith) Toone, Tooele; Torri (Rex) Bagley, Sigurd; and Mark (Diana) Jensen, Richfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Richard Jensen and Loretta Joyce Lamprecht Jensen.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel in Richfield. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. 

Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. 

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