Memorial services for Elliott Erik Jensen will be held at 2:00 p.m. (MDT), Saturday, May 21, 2011. Pastor Betty Mawbey will officiate at the service at Volmer Lutheran Church; interment of cremated remains will be in Volmer cemetery. El died of natural causes at his Dagmar farm home Saturday, April 30; he was 77.
Elliott Jensen was born at home, delivered by a midwife, in Solvang, Calif., on January 20, 1934, to Harold and Marie (Sorensen) Jensen. As an infant, he lived in Solvang and Buellton. In 1935, his parents returned to Dagmar. At the age of five, Elliott started attending Wilson School in Volmer. In 1940, his parents moved to a farm by Clear Lake, and he attended a school by Guenthers. Because there was so much snow that winter, Elliott went to stay with his grandparents so he could get to the H. C. Andersen school. In 1941, Slim and Marie bought the farm Elliott lived on at the time of his death. In 1945, his parents purchased the Brush Lake Resort. Elliott had a close call one winter on Brush Lake. He was out shooting at ice blocks cut from the lake and when checking out his shots, fell into the large hole where the ice blocks had been excavated. Using his gun as leverage, he luckily pulled himself to safety.
When Elliott was older, he and his cousin, Richard ‘Red’ Henricksen, hauled water for Vernon Justice. Elliott and Red were cousins by blood and brothers at heart! All of Elliott’s cousins fondly remember being at the farm for family gatherings, watching old 9mm movies and listening to Elliott and Slim play their guitars and sing.
Elliott was boating on Brush Lake when he met the love of his life, Judy Paus. They dated for several years, and were married in Scobey, Mont., on July 19, 1964. They ran the Park Lanes bowling alley in Watford City from 1964 to 1983, when they returned to Elliott’s family farm.
As a couple, they became a part of both the Dagmar and Grenora communities.
Elliott is survived by several aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Family was very important to Elliott, and he loved to visit.
Preceding Elliott in death were his wife, Judy; parents, Slim and Marie Jensen; grandparents, uncles, aunts and a cousin.