22 May Jack Monson Jensen, M.D.
Jack Monson Jensen died at his Salt Lake City home on May 18, 2018, surrounded by what was most important to him, his family. Born either October 14 or 15, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, he was the son of Harold G and Venetta M. Jensen.
Son of a rancher, he grew up running barefoot and swimming endlessly in the ocean by his home on Catalina Island. He did not wear shoes until age seven. Growing up on Catalina helped form his love for being outdoors and sparked a curiosity to learn more about the world. These stayed with him throughout his life, he never stopped learning. Following the divorce of his parents, he returned to Mt. Pleasant at age 15 where he attended and graduated from Wasatch Academy. Jack excelled academically and athletically. He played on the Academy’s State Champion football and track teams.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as a medic, stationed in Pensacola, Florida. His first patients were survivors of the Bataan Death March. After the War, he resumed studies at the University of Utah and began working in the laboratory of the LDS Hospital. There, the blond California farm-boy met the sophisticated Winona Simonsen, also a medical technologist. A love supreme, a true partnership, grew quickly and, despite the initial dismay of her parents (as he was not a member of the LDS Church), they married on December 22, 1947. They moved to Washington, D.C., where with Winona’s support, Jack attended George Washington University Medical School, graduating in 1953. They returned to Salt Lake where he established a wide and distinguished practice in Internal Medicine and was one of the founding members of the Bryner Clinic. From 1982 to 1984, he was president of the LDS Hospital Medical Staff.
As he loved his patients, they loved him. Following retirement in 1985, he continued to work as a medical consultant for various pharmaceutical and insurance companies, as well as the LDS Church Missionary Department and the University of Utah Medical School.
A convert to the LDS Church, he served with diligence in a range of responsibilities. In 1996, with Winona, he served a mission as Medical Director of the Philippine/Micronesia Area.
Prior to Winona’s death in 2015, they enjoyed traveling all compass points, as well as attending the Utah Symphony and Opera as season ticket holders for over 60 years. He played Spanish classical guitar, was well-read and, graced with a beautiful voice, he enjoyed singing and whistling.
Jack was a gentleman, tennis player, golfer, and fly fisherman extraordinaire. He delighted in sharing his passions. Annual California beach vacations created a wealth of happy memories for his children and grandchildren. He loved tending a garden, especially red roses and yellow daisies. By nature, he was optimistic and kind-hearted. He was generous and, without judgement, a wonderful neighbor and caring friend.
Jack was preceded in death by his beloved Winona, his sister, Dorothy, and brothers, Phillip and Robert. Survivors include sons, Scott, Clark and Richard; daughters, Christina, Barbara, Charlotte, and Patricia, as well as nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and treasured friends.
An open house will be held Thursday, June 7, at the City View Mausoleum, 1001 East 11th Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. A service in Jack’s honor will be held Friday, June 8, 10:30 a.m at the same location with private interment to follow.