Friday, December 21, 2007

brief good bye

Vernon Charles Jensen


Wednesday was the funeral of one of my former Bishops.  I sometimes wish that I could attend a person's funeral while they were still alive, so I could appreciate them more.  The things you sometimes learn! 


Vernon had wanted to join the Air Force, but was rejected because of color blindness.  (I never knew he was color blind.)  He became a paratrooper instead.  He loved jumping out of airplanes! He was too young, joined up too late to see combat in WWII. 


He loved animals.  His son talked about chickens and a pigeon that young Vernon loved.  Who would have thought?  When Vernon was living/visiting (not sure which) that son, Rob, Rob's Lab was delighted!  She knew it meant lots of long walks.


We all knew that he was a crusty old curmudgeon.  From the crowded chapel, it would appear the crust did not effectively hide a loving heart.


  1. I didn't know that he died. :(

  2. I wouldn't have guessed that he liked to jump out of planes! lol

    He was a nice Bishop, I didn't know him much when he became a "crusty old curmudgeon". I'm glad so many people were there to show their love for him. :)

  3. I didn't know either.

    I remember when we were little, he would tease by calling kids the wrong name.

    He would give us candy for learning the Articles of Faith scriptures (Now-and-Laters - not the big gross ones, the little ones with 4 in a little pack and maybe Jolly Ranchers). I still remember them (not perfectly anymore, though).