Gary L. Jensen
Gary L. Jensen was born and raised in Emmett, Idaho, where he gained the work ethic and solid values of a true Idaho farm boy. He and his wife, Marcia, raised five children and now have the joy of being grandparents to fifteen (almost sixteen!) grandchildren. Gary is a certified arborist and currently works as a contractor for Rocky Mountain Power. He also serves on the Stansbury Service Agency, which is responsible for many of the recent beautification projects in our community.
He has followed the lessons of his upbringing throughout his life, always looking for ways to help others and improve his community. In January of this year, Gary was enjoying a family vacation at Disneyworld when he received a phone call with his diagnosis: stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma. He has since endured many rounds of chemotherapy, which took his hair and sapped his physical strength but didn’t harm his optimism and humor. Gary lives by one of his favorite quotes (by Jim Valvano), which describes him well:
“Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.”
If you asked Dave Wilson’s wife, Jessica, what Dave’s idea of the perfect day would be, she’d laugh and say it would include a fishing boat and all of their young children getting along.
The 34-year-old father of four (Matt, Lexi, DJ, and Aspen) loves everything to do with the outdoors—shooting, camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. When he’s not playing outside with his family he works as a foreman plumber pipe fitter.
Dave grew up in Kearns and married Jessica ten years ago. They have lived in Tooele for nine years.
Dave was diagnosed with bladder cancer in May of 2014. He has since had four grueling surgeries, the last of which took half of his bladder. In August he’ll go through more testing to plan out the next step in his fight against cancer.