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Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC

OBITUARY

Brian Lee Jensen

August 12, 1945June 11, 2020

Brian Lee Jensen August 12, 1945 – June 11, 2020

Brian Jensen of Trinity Valley, Lumby passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 11th on the farm that he developed and loved over a period of 40 years. His loving family, his wife of 52 years Ursula, his son Aaren Jensen (Kelly) and granddaughter Molly of Lumby, and daughter Vanessa O’Brien (Rick) of Kamloops survive him. He leaves behind his sisters Karen (Dave) Kovak of Saskatchewan, and Bonnie (Kim) Jensen of Alberta as well as a large extended family throughout BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

Brian was born in Camrose Alberta the son of the late Harold and Carol Jensen a farming family from Ferintosh. He attended Camrose Lutheran College before moving to work at Alberta Hospital Ponoka. While in Ponoka, he met his future wife Ursula Graumann, a recent immigrant from Essen Germany. Brian became interested in a mental health career and became a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). He married Ursula and moved his young family to Drumheller AB to work at a new Federal Penitentiary. As his family grew Brian shifted from nursing into Manpower & Immigration, then recruiting, traveling to hire Engineers from England and Scotland to work in the northern Alberta oil sands. At the start of the 1980s while in Edmonton Brian and family made the decision to leave their corporate jobs and the city to try their hand at homesteading in Trinity Valley. They settled on an empty hillside parcel of land with a big view. Brian and Ursula with help from their children built a beautiful log home, followed by a barn and all the other outbuildings. Brian taught himself every step of construction. After a few years, Brian went back to nursing, now at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital in various roles in Psychiatry and mental health. He helped many people in the North Okanagan as his career transitioned from nursing into mental health therapy until his retirement over 10 years ago.

Back on the farm in the mid-’80s with no prior experience Brian and Ursula bought a pair of young Norwegian Fjord Horses which slowly grew to become a major part of their lives for the next 35+ years. Brian was extremely active in the Breed, raising & training Fjords, importing and selling, showing, driving & competitions, teaching, and judging. He was an internationally certified judge and evaluator traveling throughout North America and Europe working for the breed he loved. He traveled to Norway many times representing Canada and the USA as a member of Fjord Horse International. Most importantly, he mentored and trained hundreds of other people and families to love the Fjord horse as much as he did.

As hard-working and respected as Brian was in his work and personal life, he privately had his own mental health issues. As he approached his 75th birthday, he found it more difficult to adjust to aging, declining health, and reducing his activities with his horses. If you are struggling with mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, PLEASE reach out for help. In the North Okanagan, contact the Canadian Mental Health Association, or the People In Need (PIN) Crisis Line at 1-800-353-2273.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the PLEASANT VALLEY FUNRAL HOME (250) 542-4333

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Elizabeth Walton

June 24, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Brian is of him taking me for a ride in the woods with his Four Up hitch. He said my smile reached ear to ear and I felt like it wrapped around my head. I held my video camera(mostly it was sitting in my lap) so I thankfully have a video memory of that cart ride. Brian’s friendship meant/means the world to me. I will never forget him. I miss him.

Aaren Jensen

June 23, 2020

It's a over a week after he passed away and I'm trying to remember the funny or positive memories about Dad. He always showed up early, at a restaurant he wanted the server to know how the bill would be split up before anyone even ordered. He was the first to be ready to order his meal and the first to be ready to leave when the meal was done. I often thought that dad didn't eat dessert because he saw it as 'that thing that made a meal too long'. Brian always acted like he was on a schedule even when retired for a decade, he had an hidden time limit for every event, when the allocated time had passed he was ready to leave. He was always cold, I think the only place he wasn't cold was at home with the wood heat roaring away, or when he was in Mexico. When out and about he dressed in layers, and you rarely saw him remove a layer. We had plans last Saturday to go for a steak sandwich for Fathers Day at his favorite pub, we didn't get a chance to do that, but if we had it would have been at 11:45 (got to get there before the lunch crowd) and we would have been done and gone in 1 hour max. He was always supportive of any project I might have been thinking about doing. So supportive that he may have start the project for me, even if it was something I was still considering whether or not to start myself. I miss you dad.

Gloria Makey

June 20, 2020

I have not known Brian long. He started coming to our little church in Salmon Arm a few years back, driving in from Trinity Valley even in difficult weather. We shared a common bond and I came to know and respect his quiet, kind and gentle presence in our midst. It is with such great sadness that I learned of his passing. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time of loss. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY