MelRee Jensen Krivanec


(Apr. 10, 2008)

MelRee Krivanec of Smithville, Utah, died peacefully at home Thursday, April 10 with her family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 75.

She was was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Centerfield, Utah to Aaron W. and Ethel Rust Jensen. MelRee and her sister Clarel grew up during the great depression in Sanpete County.

MelRee married Frank Lewis Krivanec Jr.on Nov. 24, 1956. The marriage was later solemnized and the family sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. Frank passed away in a boating accident in 1973, leaving MelRee to raise a young family on her own as she resided in Powell and Bountiful Utah.  She succeeded in raising three sons and a daughter who all attended college and served L.D.S. missions.

She attended Northwest College and the University of Utah where she studied Medical Technology.  She worked and consulted for such companies as MRC-Microbiological Research Corporation in Bountiful, Utah and MEDTOX Diagnostics in Burlington, N.C., where she was vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

MelRee has helped support missionaries serving all around the world. She has deeply touched many lives with her service in the church and community. She was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. She loved music, art, her dogs, travel, and the beauty of the outdoors. She was generous and always concerned for those around her.

MelRee courageously fought cancer while never complaining. She kept her sense of humor and concern for the welfare of others.

MelRee was preceded in death by her husband Frank and three sons, Robert, Michael and Clair. She will be missed by her surviving children and family: Karl (Christie) Krivanec, David (Denice) Krivanec and Cindy Krivanec, all of Bountiful, Utah, and Ken (Kay) Krivanec of Snoqualmie, Wash.; her 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; and her sister, Clarel Amtoft ofCenterfield.

Services will be held Saturday, April 19 at the Smithfield, Utah 18th Ward chapel. Visitors are welcome at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services will start at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Bountiful Cemetery.