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Donald L. Jensen

Rev. Dani Jo Bierwagon
“Father’s Love” by Randy Travis
Donald Lee Jensen was born on March 14th 1948 to Leo Howard and Norma Jean (Lee) Jensen at Dakota Hospital in Vermilion SD. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1966. Don was a professional truck driver for 45 years. He married Martha Ellen Jones and had two children, Zachary and Kimberly.
He was well known by many in the area and industry for his experience in specialized and heavy haul freight, and was also a member in the South Dakota Trucking Association (SDTA).
Don truly enjoyed the challenges and experiences involved in trucking. 1995 saw his first year attending and competing in the state truck driving championship organized by the SDTA. He competed and placed in the top three almost every year, and had first place wins sending him to the national championships in 2000, 2003, 2011, and 2012. His skills were acknowledged when he was invited to act as a judge in the national competition.
Don passed away peacefully on May 17th 2019 at his home in rural Irene South Dakota having attained the age of 71 years.
He is survived and  remembered by his son Zach Jensen of rural Irene, SD; daughter Kim Janssen (Jeremy) of Huron, SD; mother Norma Jensen of Centerville, SD; siblings Larry Jensen of the Philippines; Pam Stewart (Gary) of Worthington, MN; Tom Jensen(Marvia) of Centerville; Brenda Harold (Philip) of Parker, Brian Jensen(Teresa) of Centerville, and Bruce Jensen of Denver, CO.
He was preceded in death by his father, sister Gwendolyn and grandparents.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Donald Jensen. 

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Just recently got to know Don out there on the farm. Big guy with a big heart. Going to miss our chats. My condolences to Zach and the rest of the family.

David Healy May 23 2019 5:32 PM

So glad I got to know and spend time with Don during my younger years and to still have contact with him even recently . . .

Billy Carlson May 23 2019 8:55 AM

So sorry to hear the passing of Don, My deepest sympathy to his family. Prayers to you all, hold on to your memories!

Dawn Hansen May 22 2019 8:51 PM

Norma-Tom-Larry-Pam-Brenda-Brian-Bruce and Don's children. Sympathy and Prayers to all of you !!! He was a special man and will be missed by many

Jacque Bendert May 21 2019 3:22 PM

I am so saddened to learn of Dons death . Don stopped and met me and son Darren and granddaughter Jayden for supper about 2 years ago. I remember Don and Larry so fondly from our visits to South Dakota. I remember Zack and Kim as small children at the house in Irene. Please know my thoughts will be with each and every one of you this week. Especially remember me to Norma; she was always so cordial to me on those many visits. And HUGS to you all.

Diana Davey (Mrs. Jack Anderson) May 21 2019 5:22 AM

My condolences to the entire Don Jensen family. I remember as a very young boy going to the truckstops in Missoula to meet Don, or to pickup my Grandpa Carl Anderson or my sister who would hitch a ride back from Centerville with Don. I hadnt seen him for many years and he reached out a couple years ago when he was delivering a load to Missoula. I took my family and my mom out to meet him and had dinner. What a wonderful man!

Darren Beed May 21 2019 4:46 AM

Wow is all I can say. What a surprise to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say your final goodbyes to a sweet guy that always had a smile and laugh and something funny to say. He sure will be missed by many.

Margaret Wrigg May 21 2019 3:56 AM

RIP Don, you will be missed by many! We will always remember the good times trucking together!

Mike & Patty Crockett May 21 2019 12:45 AM

My Gentle Giant, I miss you so much already. I will have no one to push me into the truck, rescue me in a blizzard, or give me the greatest hugs a person would ever wish for. I will love you and miss you forever.

Dawn Pruitt May 20 2019 11:43 PM

Don was a wonderful man and truly the nicest man we'd ever met. He was good at what he did and are so surprised and sorry to hear of his passing. He loved Cristie's bread pudding and she made it a lot just for Don. Rest in peace my friend.

Tom & Cristie Schell May 20 2019 11:35 PM

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