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Elden Smith JENKS obituary (spouse of Glenna ORTON)
Elden Smith Jenks passed away March 4, 2012, surrounded by loving family members at Pioneer Valley Lodge in North Logan, Utah, at the age of 93. Born in Pauline, Idaho, November 17, 1918, to Joseph Alfred Jenks and Meda Smith Jenks, he was the second of five children.

He married his sweetheart Glenna Orton Jenks on June 11, 1943, in the Salt Lake City Temple and enjoyed 68 years together.

He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 and then began farming in Heyburn, Idaho, in 1945, after completing his service in the military. He raised sugar beets, potatoes and milked dairy cows.

In 1954, Elden and Glenna moved their family of 4 children to Mesa, Washington. He started farming with the little bit of money from the sale of the farm in Idaho. Thanks to the Bureau of Reclamation, he drew Block 12 Unit 67. They leveled the land, built a house, and added four more children to their family. They raised sugar beets, asparagus, apples, grains, beef cattle and operated a dairy farm.

He lived in Basin City until August of 2011 and enjoyed many years of farming. Elden and his loving wife, Glenna, served a Family History Mission to Salt Lake City in 1995.

Elden is survived by his wife Glenna; daughter-in-law Mary Jenks Nickle (Monty) of Glendale, Arizona; son Duane (Eleanor) Jenks of Moses Lake; daughter Jeannine (Robert) Woodward of Elkland, Missouri; son Vard (Verdene) Jenks, Basin City; son Kevin (Rhonda) Jenks, Basin City; daughter Julia (Kelly) Harmon of North Logan, Utah; son Jay (Lori) Jenks of Hyde Park, Utah; son Darin (Laurie) Jenks of Ogden, Utah; one sister, Gwen McCombs of Rupert, Idaho; sister-in-law Nona Jenks of Burley, Idaho; 45 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, John Jenks; granddaughter Kristi Jenks; great-granddaughter, Cassidy Jenks; brothers, Eugene and Orvin Jenks; and sister, Annie Johnson; and parents, Joseph and Meda Jenks.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Basin City LDS Church. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home in Pasco and from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to the service.


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