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James Edward Jensvold, 68, who worked at the Colstrip mine for more than 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at his home in Billings.
The son of Alvin and Emelie Eliasson Jensvold, he was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Portland, Ore., days before his father shipped out to the Pacific during World War II.
He spent his early years on a small farm in Riverside, south of Roundup. He spent school years in Richland, Wash., where he was a Boy Scout and paperboy. He won a trip to Disneyland for signing up a record number of new subscribers to The Oregonian.
In high school he was active in the Future Farmers of America. He graduated from Columbia High School in Richland in 1962.
He attended Columbia Basin College and served in the Marines at Camp Pendleton during the Vietnam War. He worked on construction projects along the West Coast before returning to Montana, where he worked as a large equipment operator at Colstrip mine.
On Dec. 21, 1985, he married Carol Gaabo in Colstrip. After his retirement, they moved to Billings, and they had an Arabian horse, Shazam. When Mrs. Jensvold became ill, he was her caregiver until her death on April 23, 2011.
Survivors include his mother, of Billings; a sister, Judy Shaw of Ithaca, N.Y.; and a family friend, William Ciarlone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in Kathy Lillis Chapel in the Lillis Center, 2429 Mission Way. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Atonement Lutheran Church building fund, Rocky Mountain Hospice, or ZooMontana, all in Billings.