Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy 103rd Birthday, Elmer Sigvart Jensen (1908-1953)!

Gayle Wells' father

Elmer was a photographer, a realtor, and a chocolate lover.
His children remember how he always had a bar of chocolate in his desk drawer, so for his 100th birthday in 2008, we made up special wrappers for Hershey's bars with a tribute for him.  (Note to relatives who still have this displayed--it is time to either eat or replace the chocolate inside :-)

Elmer was raised by parents who had both come to Utah as children--his Norwegian father Sigvart was a barber, and his mother Sarah Jane was very musical.  Elmer was their fourth child, and had one younger sister.  

After first dating her sister Millie, he eventually courted Agnes Hunter, who was two years his senior, with dances, movies, and tennis games, and in 1934 they wed in their late twenties.  
Aggie & Elmer
They married in the Salt Lake Temple, had a reception at the chapel with 300 guests, and honeymooned in the national parks of southern Utah (Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Bryce, and Zion).

The Jensens had five children.  Elmer ran Jensen's Meat & Grocery store in Salt Lake City, and lived on Blue Spruce in Holladay.  The Jensens belonged to a photo club, and loved to go camping and to host dinner and costume parties.  Elmer worked hard, and was involved with numerous business and speculative real-estate investments.   Gayle is the youngest of his children, so she was only a child when her father died, and has treasured every little memory of him, from his rolled-up shirt sleeves to his gravy on toast suppers.  

I would give him a fancy new camera!


  1. i think that top picture looks a little like greg wells!

  2. I'd give him one of those giant Hershey's Kisses.

  3. I've always thought he Greg resembled him too. I think I would have liked Elmer.

  4. Interesting new theory from Gayle that his cerebral hemorrhage was caused by a DVT from a long car trip to Banff the month prior to his death.