Idaho State Journal, 03/05/06
CHITTENANGO, N.Y. — Dwight Jensen, 71, an Idaho State University graduate who was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Idaho in 1976, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, in Caze Novia, N.Y., after a long bout with supranuclear palsy and multiple systems atrophy.
He was married to Claudia Davidson in April, 1955, and they remained happily married for more than 50 years. They had two children, Leonard Jensen, Pocatello, and Julia Kempson, Westport, Conn.
He was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Malad City, Idaho. His father, Glenden, died in 1982, and his mother, Lola, in 1994. He was graduated from Idaho State College in 1955, and his mother also received a degree in the same class. Jensen majored in speech drama and twice won the outstanding male student award for his class.
He earned two master’s degrees, one in journalism at Central Mississippi State University in 1983 and a master’s degree in political science at Syracuse University in 1988. He was named the outstanding graduate student at Central Mississippi.
Mr. Jensen taught English at Emmett High School before joining the Army. He served for 27 1/2 months in the Army in the eastern United States, France and Germany. He left the Army to attend graduate school at Western State College of Colorado. Then he worked at KPST in Preston, Idaho.
In 1961 he went to work for the Boise Journal and for KBOI-TV, where he was late-night anchor for years. He disliked the Yankees so much that people sent him funeral wreaths when the Yankees won the World Series.
Mr. Jensen published among other things, three books, and read the news on all three national radio networks.
He taught at Syracuse University from 1982 to 1988 and at Marshall University in Huntington, Va., from 1988 to 2000. He retired Dec. 31, 2000.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 2, 2006, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chittenango.