Kent Gordon Jensen Therp

March 8, 1941May 14, 2014

Kent G. Therp, 73 passed away May 14, 2014 from a sudden heart attack. Kent was born in Hayward, Ca. He attended Petaluma High School and graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career as a test engineer at Aeroject General in Azusa, CA and was then transferred to Aerojet Nuclear, a former contractor for the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). At Aerojet Nuclear, he began working in quality engineering and managed an organization which designed and fabricated the Seminole Mod II and III test systems. He was responsible for the fabrication of nuclear test train assemblies for the thermal fuels behavior program. In 1985 he became Quality Manager for EG&G Idaho, Inc. In 1988 he accepted the position as Director of Reliability and Quality Assurance for EG&G Florida. He managed an organization which performed Reliability Analysis, Quality Engineering, Nondestructive Examination and pressure vessel recertification activities on ground support equipment at Kennedy Space Center, FL. He finished his professional career at Argonne National Laboratory-West as Project Manager of the Waste Characterization Facility. Kent retired in 1993 and pursued his passion for the great outdoors of Idaho! He was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed: hunting, 4-wheeling, and snow machining with his friends and family. He expanded his love of firearms and became an FFL dealer. Kent enjoyed many years as a Boy Scout leader in CA and ID. He was always a self-starter, including designing and building 3 homes by himself in scenic Idaho locations. He and his wife Nikki were snowbirds who resided in Quartzsite, AZ/Bullhead City, AZ during the winters and were always excited to return to their “Home” in Ashton, ID. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nikki (Ashton, ID). His three children: Todd Therp (Rigby, Id), Terri Therp (Idaho Falls, ID) and Tina Therp (Pocatello, ID). He has 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Thomas Therp and sister Joanne Farah. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Pastor Bob Sherwood, officiating. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Kent, please consider making a donation to Primary Children’s Hospital oncology department. His great-grandson Nick Jensen Hill is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.


  • Memorial Services Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kent Gordon Jensen Therp

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Abbie Hatley

June 13, 2014

Nikki, this is so late that you probably won't even see it. But I just got on the Site again, to find this announcement. On top of that I fell and broke my pelvis, so am in rehab now. Otherwise, I'd have been at the funeral. So sorry for your loss. Love, Abbie Hatley

May 27, 2014

Dear Nikki and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Lots of gun show memories. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Love, Larry and Laureene Strange

May 22, 2014

Dear Nikki-
We are very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. Had some great adventures with Kent in the Idaho back country. They will always be remembered.

Jan and Sandi Shafer

Marvin Janssen

May 22, 2014

Dear Nikki and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We all consider Kent a good friend and just a very nice guy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim and Julie Maurer
Marvin Janssen

May 22, 2014

Dear Nikki & Family -- I was so sorry to hear about Cousin Kenny; my sincere condolences. I shall mourn these days. I am remembering his wide grin and great distinctive voice. And I am remembering all those happy, happy fun days filled with laughter and "hi-jinks" we had with our cousins..... many THANKS to HIM and all our cousins..... those here and those now departed..... Cousins KENNY, Tommy, Joanne, Mary, David and Carol.
Love to you, Nikki, thoughts & prayers -- Cousin Cathy (McMillen) Brown

P.S. Two standout memories are that time we all came to see you in San Luis Obispo when Ken was going to Cal Poly..... we had such a great time.... Kenny let me drive his Corvette (I couldn't believe it!). He was so casual.... "here, take a drive" & threw me the keys (it meant a lot to me)....and luckily we all got back in one piece. I remember, too, how beautiful you both looked on your wedding day.... you were gorgeous, Nikki!

Brenda Beal

May 21, 2014

Ken was a wonderful man. Katrina and I loved him and will miss him. I am so thankful that he was a part of our lives.

Doreen McMillen

May 20, 2014

Doreen McMillen

May 20, 2014

I am so glad we got the chance to visit with Nikki and Kenny at their home in September, 2007. We had so much fun! Rode in his Model T, went to the beautiful Mesa Falls, and their son Todd took me on an airplane ride that I will never forget! So sad Kenny is gone too soon. Will always remember his big smile and big laugh. Love from Cousin Doreen (and Grover).

Glenda Bushman Nay

May 20, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, you will be in my my thoughts and prayers.

May 20, 2014

Nikki and Family, I am at a loss for words. Kent was a great hunting partner and friend. We had some great family vacations and hunting trips to together. I will miss him. May God Bless you and your family Nikki.

Bob ZiBerna (Cocoa. FL)