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Carlie Young Cromar Jensen, 87, resident of Thayne, Wyoming, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 1, 2023.
Carlie was born in Salt Lake City on August 11, 1936, the fourth child of Raymond Kenneth Cromar and Louine Clawson Young. She lived with her family in Salt Lake City until age 12, when the Cromar family moved to Denver, Colorado. Carlie completed her junior high and high school years in Denver. She graduated from South Denver High School in June 1954.
Carlie had three older brothers and three younger brothers, but no sisters. As a result, she was a bit of a tomboy in her younger years, being actively involved in various sports. She branched out into dance, scholastic and social clubs, and cheerleading as she progressed through her secondary education.
Carlie attended Brigham Young University after completing high school. Although she enjoyed BYU and did well there, her attention was constantly diverted toward a young man she had met back in Denver at a church dance a year or two earlier. His name was Paul Jensen. He was a student in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. On July 1, 1955, Paul and Carlie were married in the Salt Lake Temple. That was the beginning of 68 wonderful years together.
After Paul graduated from veterinary school, Carlie and Paul moved to Great Falls, Montana, and then Lander, Wyoming, where he worked for a couple of veterinary practices. Then the U.S. Air Force came calling. Paul was called to active duty in the Air Force, a term of service that ended up lasting 30 years. Carlie and Paul lived all over the world as a result of the Air Force career, including England, Japan, Germany, and numerous states. During that time, Carlie and Paul had ten children, six daughters and four sons. Carlie strongly believed that being a mother was her first calling in life. She devoted her energy, time, and resources to that cause.
Carlie and Paul settled in Salt Lake City after his retirement from the Air Force in 1986. They enjoyed Salt Lake City, particularly as they lived within 30 minutes of multiple ski resorts. Carlie took a job with Solitude Mountain Resort, a ski area just up the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This job provided Carlie with extra lift passes, which she then provided to children and grandchildren, who accompanied her on the ski slopes. In fact, Carlie taught most of her grandchildren how to snow ski. Carlie was also actively involved for many years with the Pennies by the Inch fund raising program for Primary Childrens Hospital, eventually serving on the board of directors for that program.
In 2000, Carlie and Paul were on a trip that took them through Star Valley, Wyoming. They fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness of the valley. They came across a home that was for sale on Southbrook Drive in Thayne. They immediately made an offer on the house. They were soon making the move from busy Salt Lake City to the quiet country life of Thayne. Carlie and Paul lived in Thayne until the end, thoroughly enjoying life and making many wonderful friends.
After moving to Thayne, Carlie was actively involved with Daughters of Utah Pioneers. For a time, she served as president of Silver Star Camp. She also enjoyed her efforts with the historical museum in Afton that is jointly run by Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Historical Society. Carlie also helped with organizing the Thayne July Fourth Parade for many years. A few years ago, she was honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the parade.
Carlie was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served faithfully in many callings through the years. Most recently, she served for many years as an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls and Star Valley Temples.
Carlie had some health issues that were catching up with her in late summer of 2023. Then Paul passed away in September 2023 at age 90. Carlie’s health deteriorated further with the loss of her beloved husband. This culminated with her being hospitalized in Salt Lake City in late October 2023. After struggling to overcome various medical problems, she finally succumbed to these challenges on November 1, 2023. Carlie and Paul were apart for only a short time and are now happily reunited.
Carlie was preceded in death by her husband Paul; brothers Kenneth, Don, Dale, and Ross Cromar; sister-in-law Vedana Jensen; sister-in-law Jackie Walden; an infant grandson Teancum Paul Jensen; and an infant great-grandson Thomas Jonathan Argyle.
Carlie is survived by brothers Bruce (and Helga) Cromar and Glen (and Alene) Cromar, brothers-in-law Sam Jensen and Robert Hazen, and sisters-in-law Hevia Cromar, Linda Cromar, Penni Cromar, Joy Cromar, Julie Phillips and Jana Smith. Her children and their spouses include Jeri (and David) Tobler, Lauri (and Robert) Argyle, Steven (and Lilian) Jensen, Keith (and Shelley) Jensen, Joni (and Kenneth) Justice, David (and Yuliet) Jensen, Sherri (and Reed) Winterton, Karen (and Kirk) Strong, Kenneth Jensen, and Rachel (and Rick) Jensen, and daughters-in-law Debbie Hartvigsen and Michelle Jensen. Sixty-seven grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren are also among the posterity of Carlie and Paul.
The funeral service for Carlie Young Cromar Jensen will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at the EMC N 16th Ward chapel, 3408 Celeste Way, Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will take place at 5:00 PM. The funeral service will begin at 6:00 PM.
Interment will be at Thayne Cemetery in Thayne, Wyoming, on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service that will take place at 12:30 PM.