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Leland Garth Jensen, 75

| November 26, 2010 7:40 AM

Leland Garth Jensen, 75, of Post Fails, passed away, Nov. 23, 2010, at home surrounded by family and friends after losing a battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Bench, the son of late Georgia and Cyrus Jensen. He graduated from Grace High School in Grace, Idaho, and attended Idaho State University and San Diego State University with a major in pharmacy. He married Maureen L. Munn, June 20, 1958.

He served in the U.S. Army deployed in Germany as a SP3 from 1958 to 1960. After his discharge, he was employed by General Dynamics in California and Sperry Rand in Utah. In 1964 a job opportunity with IBM relocated his family to Huntsville, Ala., where he was employed as a civil engineer working on the NASA Space project from 1954 until 1972. His career came full circle bringing him back to Idaho where he went to work for kit mobile home manufacturing. In 1983 he accepted a position with the state of Washington as compliance officer in manufactured housing and retired from that position in 1998. In September 1984, he married Mavis Lust of Spokane.

Jensen was a member of Elks lodge and an avid golfer. As a hobby, he was a master craftsman who always had a project in the works. He designed and contracted four personal residences and insisted on doing the finish work himself. He was particularly gifted at wood and masonry work.

He is survived by his wife, Mavis Jensen, a daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Eric Ruben of Cumming, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Robert Osmun, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; a son Jay Lust; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Raymond Morrison of Cumming, Ga.; Kyle Osmun of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and a 3-year-old great grandson, Jayson Ray. Jensen was preceded in death by his parents Georgia and Cyrus Jensen and a granddaughter, Courtni Osmun.

The family wishes to thank Palliative Care and Hospice of North Idaho for their kindness and exceptional care during this trying time. Additional thanks goes to Dr. Tezcan and the staff of Kootenai Cancer Center, in Post Falls. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho 83835. Memorial: www.yatesfuneralhomes.com

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