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Senor F. Mortensen, age 96, of Myton, passed away, October 4, 2023, at his home.
He was born October 27, 1926, in Roosevelt, Utah; the first son and third child of Senor and Martha “Mattie” Moon Mortensen. He lived most of his 97 years on North Myton Bench. As a young boy, he tended sheep for his father in the High Uintas and out on the desert south of Myton. This is where he developed his love of the Uintah Basin Desert. Senor met his wife, Shirley Letta Meyer, on a blind date; and they were married in Bridgeland, Utah, on November 13, 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on February 14, 1965. She died February 7, 2012.
Senor worked a short time in El Paso, Texas, for an electrical company, later returning, at his father's request, to come back and help farm. He later worked for Wesley Jensen where he learned the trade of carpentry. When Wes went to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Senor followed him and made a career of working for the BIA. While working for the BIA, he was schooled in the trade of electricity, eventually becoming licensed as a journeyman electrician. Senor worked for the BIA for many years, retiring in 1987.
Following his retirement, he and Shirley spent many years serving others in the community. They worked tirelessly to improve the Bridgeland cemetery from its status as a sage brush covered cow pasture to the beautiful resting spot it is today.
Senor and Shirley served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as supervisors of the dry pack cannery. He also gave countless hours of service to his friends and neighbors through the years as a minister of his Savior. He served as ward clerk, a counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, and many other callings during his long life. But his highest calling was that of a father, at which he excelled. We thank him for the great lessons he taught us and the legacy he left on our behalf. We hope to live worthy of his honor.
Senor is survived by his children, Stephen (Trina) Mortensen, Barbara (David) Smith, Beverly (Kevin) Safley, Karma (Tom) Thomson; 13 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous others who considered him a grandfather; brother, Keith (Sharon) Mortensen; sister, Mary Lee Stevens; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Sharlyn Bailey Hess; two sisters, Virginia Nielsen and Shirley Ward.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Roosevelt Stake Center, 447 E Lagoon Street. There will be a viewing on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary and on Saturday at the church from 10-10:45 a.m.
Interment will be at the Bridgeland Cemetery.