(Jan. 6, 2006)
Nathan Robert Jensen of Atascadero, Calif., died Jan. 6, 2006, after losing his battle against cancer. He was 46.
Born Feb. 24, 1959, in Lovell, he was the youngest child of Ernest R. and Evelyn Sylvia Carmen Jensen. He was raised in Byron, and participated in many activities, including athletics, music and even scuba diving. A hard worker, Nathan spent two summers during his high school years picking pineapples in Hawaii.
Serving a mission for the LDS Church, Nathan was assigned to New Zealand for two years and felt a great love for the Maori people and the island of New Zealand. Following his mission service, Nathan met and married Kaye Teresa Alligood in the Washington, D.C., Temple of the LDS Church. They met while both were attending Brigham Young University. They later transferred to the University of Idaho, in Moscow, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Phoenix.
He worked as a store manager for a major drug store, then worked in the home building industry, and held a California state real estate license prior to his battle with cancer. Anyone who knew Nathan knew him as a friend. One of his greatest talents in this life was to nurture and build friendships. He was known by many people, and a friend to all.
His parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sweetheart wife, Kaye; children, Michael, Austin, Cameron and Kendra.; four brothers, James (Janet), John (Louise), Ralph C (MaryKay). and Jed (Joyce) Jensen; and three sisters, Carma (John) Anderson, Janina (Gary) Webster and Jolene (Dennis) Muller.
Funeral services took place Jan. 11 at the Atascadero Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In lieu of floral contributions, donations may be made to the Nathan Jensen Benefit Fund at Mid State Bank & Trust; PO Box 6057; Atascadero, CA 93422, savings account 262695021.