Blaine Jensen

Blaine Wesley Jensen, 75 of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born June 10, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho the second child of James W. Jensen and Ruby Parrish Jensen.

He graduated from Idaho State College in 1961 with a Bachelors Degree in Business/Education and a minor in Social Science. He attended Syracuse University in New York under a US Government sponsored program during 1972-73 and graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration in May 1973.

He was a volunteer with the International Voluntary Services from 1963-1965 in the Laos, where he taught English, basic agriculture, and worked with the refugee relief program. The remainder of his career was spent working overseas as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, an arm of the United States Department of State. During his career, he worked in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, The Philippines, Washington D.C., Tanzania, Barbados and the Republic of the Sudan. He retired from the federal government in November 1989 and returned to the family farm in Pingree, Idaho.

He enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing, camping, and community service. He was the registrar and chief judge for the elections in Pingree precinct. He also worked on bonds and other elections for the Snake River School District. He was a member of Lions Club International, which is dedicated to helping the community in which that club has been chartered.

He was married in Laos in 1966 and divorced in 1967. He remained single for the rest of his life. He is survived by siblings, Harvey (Marina) Jensen of Pocatello, Barbara Hurst of Blackfoot, Donna (Chuck) Mitchell of Blackfoot, 18 nieces and nephews, 35 great nieces and nephews and 6 great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Gayleen and niece, Jodie.

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