Monday, August 19, 2013

Papa Bob

"Papa Bob"1919 ~ 2013Robert Phippen Jensen (Papa Bob), 93, passed away on August 16, 2013 surrounded by his family.
 Papa was born on December 6, 1919 in Rupert, Idaho to Alvin Hans and Cora Emma Phippen Jensen. He graduated from Garfield High School in Los Angeles, California. He married his eternal companion and the love of his life Lois Thorup (Dodee) on January 28, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple.
 During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. He trained as a fighter pilot, ultimately flying his beloved P-51 Mustang - which he never let us forget. He regaled us with flying stories and never missed a chance to re-tell one of his experiences. He spent his career working in the banking industry and was especially proud of his work with Bank of America during the inception of computerized record keeping and data processing. He eventually retired from First Security Bank.
 Papa was kind, quiet and gentle with the gift of listening. He taught us through actions and example - never by lecture or long speeches. He loved a good story and had an amazing memory for people, places and names. It seemed he remembered every joke he ever heard as he often said "that reminds me of a joke!"
Papa loves Dodee! He taught us what a husband should be by the way he treated her. He showed us what a father should be by the way he treated us. Papa loves the Lord and taught us by example what a disciple should be. He served faithfully in many callings in the LDS church; including more than 20 years as ward financial clerk, and together with Mom, many years in the Jordan River Temple Baptistry and as Ward Senior Singles representatives.
Papa is survived by his children: sons, Randall (Karen), Brad (Teri), Scott (Susan), Mike and daughter Lori; 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren and sister, Hazel Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and sisters Luana, LaVere and Betty and brothers LaVar and Bill.

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