Murray S. Jenson was born on November 17, 1918, in Norse, Texas, to Palmer and Frieda Jenson. He passed away on November 16, 2012.
He grew up on the family farm in Clifton, Texas. He attended Meridian Creek School, Clifton High School, Clifton Junior College, and the National School of California, in Los Angeles.
Murray started working in Clifton at Kimball-Diamond Milling Company in 1938. He was transferred in 1940 to work at Denton’s Kimball-Diamond. There he met Emma Lorene Mehlhorn, who was transferred in 1941 to Denton from Sherman, Texas, to work at the mill. In January of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a tank radio repairman with an armored battalion, which took him to Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. During his time of service he became an E-5 Sergeant and was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal, five Bronze Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war in 1945 he returned to Denton, Texas, where he married Emma Lorene on October 30, 1945. He worked for General Telephone (now Verizon), until his retirement in 1983, after 37 years of service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, joining in 1947, and a member of the Over The Hill Gang volunteer landscaping crew at the church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Glen, Arden, Lloyd, and Forrest, and one sister, Priscilla.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, their four children and spouses: George and wife Pat from Plano, Texas, James P. and wife Belinda from Rowlett, Jane Nelson and husband Scott from Denton, Texas, and Anne Henry and husband George from Lexington, Kentucky. He is survived by eight grandchildren: Teri, Gina, Kevin, Amy, Justin, Carrie, Kim, and Rhonda. Surviving great-grandchildren are Emma, Jenna, Nash, Merrick, and Hudson. Other survivors include three sisters-in-law: Geraldine Jenson, Muriel Jenson, Maxine Hagan, and many nieces and nephews.
Denton Funeral Home, 120 South Carroll Blvd., will conduct funeral arrangements. A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery, at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 20.Please join the family for a memorial service immediately following, at 2:00 p.m., at the Carriage House, 1357 Bernard Street, Denton, Texas.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Denton, 201 S. Locust, Denton, Texas 76201, or Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas76708.