Laura Lynette Bair Jensen was born January 29, 1936 in the L.D.S. hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Seldon Bair and Laura Clarissa Greene. In September of 1948 the family moved to a small farm south of Salt Lake City named Butlerville, now Cottonwood Heights. The house was an army hospital unit that her dad purchased to remodel into a home. During the remodel, the family lived in the basement where there was no glass in the windows. During the nights the wind would blow sand in through the windows so when they awoke in the mornings their beds would be covered in sand. They had electricity in the house but no running water. The water had to be carried from the ditch out front. Once a week her mother would take them to Grandma Greene’s house to have a bath. It was several years before the house was finished. This was the family home for the remainder of her parents lives.
Lynette began her education by attending kindergarten at Douglas School in Salt Lake.
She attended Union Jr High. Upon graduation in 1950 she was the shortest girl in the class. Next, she attended Jordan High School, the Beetdiggers, graduating with the class of 1954. She loved high school and had many happy memories. She was sad to leave her friends but was looking forward to her next adventure. She began her college years at BYU in Provo and by her sophomore year, wondered how life could be so happy. She joined the Kia Ora Club while at the “Y” and learned songs and dances of the Maori people of New Zealand. With this club she enjoyed touring Southern Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, to mention a few.
Lynette graduated from the School of Mortality, with High Honors, on May 1, 2022.
She met Eugene Jensen when he was home on leave from the Navy. He was different from the other boys she had dated and she felt a strong attraction to him. They were married on December 19, 1958 and their life together began as college students at Utah State University in Logan, where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Development. Within the year her first child, Chris was born. This began her motherhood journey in which they later added Jonia, Julie, and Steven. She found fulfillment in being a wife and a mother and this is where she found true joy and happiness. As she raised her children, she was all in. If they were in Brownies, Cub Scouts, or 4-H, then you could count on Lynette to be involved as a leader and dedicated to making sure the children were receiving the best that she had to offer.
When her husband graduated in Forestry and took a job with the U.S. Forest Service, she realized that her life of city living was behind her and she would have a different lifestyle from the one she was raised in. She embraced being the wife of a forest ranger and learned to enjoy the blessings of rural living and eventually became a little bit of a country bumpkin. This career took them to California, first to Calaveras County in the High Sierra’s and later to Modoc County in the Warner Mountains. She made many good friends that were dear to her heart to the very end.
She became involved with the Surprise Valley Elementary school music program in 1972, first as a volunteer, then in 1973 as an employee. She loved teaching music and dance to the children and they loved her. She enjoyed organizing the school Christmas programs along with other musical and dance programs. When she retired from teaching music to the children she began teaching piano lessons and volunteering at the senior center using her music skills to brighten the day for the residents. She brought much joy to many individuals by sharing her musical talents with others.
One of her desires as a newlywed was to remain strong in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout her married life of belonging to small Branches, she served in every capacity. She had callings in Music, Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society including being the president of each. She was a devoted visiting teacher all of her life and she loved the sisters that she visited. She and her husband served a mission in the Portland Oregon Mission in the South Eastern Oregon and North Eastern California area. She fulfilled her callings to the best of her abilities and her greatest desire was to please the Lord and to keep her testimony strong and to train up her children to live in righteousness. She died a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Lynette passed away peacefully at her home in Pleasant Grove, Utah after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Lynette is survived by Eugene C Jensen, her devoted husband of 63 years. Christian C Jensen (Elizabeth Van Dyke), Jonia Jensen Nelson (Paul Nelson), and Steven Jensen (Shelby Rollins), seventeen grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Julia Diane Jensen Chynoweth, sister Janice Bair, brother John R (Jack) Bair and parents John & Laura Bair.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Pleasant Grove Stake Center Chapel, 275 East 500 South, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Memorial Mountain View Cemetery, Cottonwood, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.