|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1928|
|Death: ||May 14, 1971|
Tuesday, May 18, 1971
LAST RITES HELD FOR DEPUTY,
42; PAIR ARRAIGNED
Farmington - Funeral services for Davis County Sheriff's Deputy Donald P. Jensen, 42, who was shot to death early Friday morning, were held at noon Monday.
Four hours later two California men were arraigned in Bountiful City Court and charged with grand larceny and the murder of Deputy Jensen.
Utah Gov. Calvin L. Rampton joined more than 200 uniformed law enforcement officers from throughout the area at the funeral.
Seventy police cars joined the procession from the Davis LDS Stake Center in Centerville, where the funeral was held, to the Farmington Cemetery where the slain deputy was buried.
Flags at the Sheriff's office and at police stations throughout the county flew at half mast.
The burial site was less than a mile west of the point on Tippet's Lane where Deputy Jensen was killed, and a mile north of his home in Farmington.
An opening prayer at the funeral was offered by Lt. Dean Egbert of the Davis County Sheriff's Office, whose eyes clouded with tears as he spoke of Deputy Jensen.
Speakers included Darrell B. Tingey of Standard Oil and Sheriff William L. Peters.
Sheriff Peters, his voice trembling with emotion, said: "Never has my heart been so full of humility as it was at 3:30 Friday morning. Don gave his very all. This tragedy is reprehensible, appalling, senseless."
His eyes watered as he told the audience that Deputy Jensen had always carried with him "the dignity of man."
Several officers among the Davis County Sheriff's honor guard openly wept.
The slain deputy's widow, Olive Jensen, and his three children, Paula, 19, Jeanette, 11, and Mark, 9, were surrounded by relatives and friends.
Deputy Jensen was murdered Friday about 3:20 a.m. when he was shot six times through the window of his patrol car as he stopped to give assistance to what he thought was a motorist in distress.
Trooper Rodger Fordham of the Utah Highway Patrol stopped by Deputy Jensen's patrol car and radioed, asking if Jensen needed assistance. Deputy Jensen replied that he needed no help, that it was only a 1046, which meant an assist to a motorist.
Trooper Fordham left the scene and Deputy Jensen was killed while still in his car.
Four hours after the funeral began, two California men were arraigned on charges of grand larceny and 1st degree murder. The two are also suspected of being involved in an armed robbery Wednesday in Boise.
Arraigned were Ronald Allen May, 21, who told Bountiful City Judge Mark Johnson he was from Sacramento, and Daniel Ray Weddle, 27, who said he was from Dixon, Calif...
Farmington City Cemetery
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Find A Grave Memorial# 33239099
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Rest in Peace, Deputy.|
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