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John "Cliff" Clifton Jensen

September 24, 1941 January 5, 2019
John "Cliff" Clifton Jensen
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Cliff Jensen, longtime resident of Yamhill, died Saturday January 5th, 2019 at his home. Cliff was 77 years old.
Cliff was born on September 24th, 1941, to Daniel and Mary Jensen in Preston, Idaho. Cliff and his brothers Robert and Don moved with their family to Kennewick, Washington and then to the family farm in Yamhill, Oregon. Cliff spent his youth helping with the farm, working in construction, masonry and logging with his father. He was Chapter President of the local FFA and traveled to the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Cliff graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School in 1960.
Cliff joined the Army National Guard right after high-school and reported to Fort Ord in Monterey Bay, California for basic training. After basic training Cliff spent four years in the Army National Guard and then served as a Stake Missionary for the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
After growing up on the farm, Cliff moved to McMinnville and was hired on at Field Emission, which later was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Cliff worked in facilities and served as the Safety coordinator leading the building and seismic upgrades of the site. Cliff served on the McMinnville Fire Department for 10 years and was selected by his peers as Fireman of the Year in 1973.
Cliff was an avid hunter and traveled to Canada on several big-game hunts. One of his proudest achievements was the moose he took while on a hunt in 1974. It was named the "Largest Game Animal in North America" that year and he won the NRA's Leather Stocking Trophy as well. His moose is still scored near the top of the Boone and Crockett Record Book.
Cliff married his wife Sherri on September 11th, 1976. They moved to Yamhill where they continued the family farm and built their own home. Their daughter Julie was born in May of 1978 and their son Justin was born in May of 1983. Cliff enjoyed farming, spending time with his family and going on fishing, camping and hunting trips. He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Ducks and Beavers football games and attending Portland Trail Blazers games as he was a season ticketholder for many years. You could often find Cliff down in his shop. It was there he restored a 1924 Ford Model-T, that became his pride and joy. He drove his Model-T in many parades and enjoyed showing off his car.
Cliff retired from Hewlett-Packard in 1997 and went into business for himself as a general contractor. He built and remodeled many homes and businesses in Yamhill County. One of his favorite jobs was moving and restoring the old Hutchcroft school-house which now resides at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Cliff volunteered his time to help rebuild the soap box derby car ramp at the Yamhill City park, and he enjoyed serving his community whenever he could.
Cliff is survived by his wife Sherri, his brothers Robert and Don, his children Julie and Justin and his grandchildren Koby and Everett.
Viewing will be Thursday, January 17th from 4-7 at Macy and Son Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to attend Cliff's Funeral service on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 7200 NW Pike Road, Yamhill, OR 97148. Viewing prior to service in the relief society room. Following the funeral a luncheon will be provided at the church. Interment will be after the luncheon at the Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 6877 NE Fryer Road, Yamhill, OR. Memorial fund contributions can be made at any branch of First Federal Bank and is listed under J. Clifton Jensen Memorial Fund.

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4:00 PM 1/17/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/17/2019 7:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States





10:00 AM 1/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

Cemetery Details


Yanhill - Carlton Pioneer Cemetery Final Resting Place

PO Box 91
Yamhill, OR 97148

PO Box 91 Yamhill 97148 OR
United States

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