The Ely Times
Hal Rodney Jensen, age 88 years of age of Ely, Nevada passed away May 13, 2014 in Ely. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Mountain Vista Chapel.
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I am sure he and your mom are happy to be together once again. True love is forever and never dies. May the Lord bless and comfort you.
My family extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the Hal R. Jensen family on this sad day. Hal Jensen was a pioneer of White Pine County, he loved the land, the mountains, the sagebrush, and the people who live here. He was born in the Steptoe Hospital and lived in Ely most of his life with his dear wife Dorothy. Hal was an avid explorer and prospector. With his prospecting experience he became a mining entrepreneur. He managed many successful mining operations in Nevada that contributed to the economies of White Pine County and the state.
My brother, Hal, was a compassionate man. Anyone who came to him in need was always treated with respect, dignity, and any help he could provide. Hal loved animals of all kind and always had horses and dogs to care for. But most of all Hal loved his family. Hal had many friends who represented all elements of society, two of which were Oscar Johnny and Leo McQueen, both native Americans. Hal and his two friends would talk for hours about deer hunting. On one occasion, I, a young boy at the time, was allowed to go along on a deer hunt. After the hunt, I was asked how things went and replied “plan on many miles of walking and no talking or noise.”
Hal Jensen has completed his journey on earth and now rests with his beloved Dorothy. Yes, Nevada and our country has benefited tremendously from this Nevada pioneer, and he will be in our hearts forever.
Carl L. Jensen
Still having thoughts of Dorothy, and now her husband. But then again, quickly together again.
Yes, we lost a gentle giant three weeks to the day that his sweetheart and love of his life, Dorothy passed away. Dorothy passed away on the 22nd of April the 36th anniversary of my marriage to my sweetheart Mary Ann Wadlow. At Hal’s funeral I repeated a prayer that General Douglas MacCarther had written for his son and said every morning in the Phillipines during the war in 1942. This prayer says it all for the way Hal lived his life. It goes like this:
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak; and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, yet humble and gentle in victory. Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee-and that to know oneself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not down the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be pure and whose goals will be high, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. And after all these things are his, add I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously, Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, ” I have not lived in vain!”
It is my testimony that families can be together, forever. God’s plan is very organized and when it comes our turn to cross that bridge to the Eternities we can be reunited with family and friends in a Celestial Glory. I’m thankful for having known Hal and Dorothy and I am a better person because of it. They did make a difference.
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