Posted: October 5th, 2017

January 17, 1982 ~ October 2, 2017

With profound sorrow, we announce the passing of Michael “Mike” Charles Jensen of Medicine Hat on Monday, October 2, 2017, at the age of 35. Mike was born in Medicine Hat on January 17, 1982. He is the fourth of eight children born to Roger and Joanne Jensen of Medicine Hat. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered by his two children, Mary and Nolan, his wife, Fiona Underwood and his parents. He was predeceased by his first wife, Zaidee Potter who passed away in 2012. He will be greatly missed by his parents and surviving siblings, Jennifer (Michael) Roberts, Jeff (Eva) Jensen, Andy (Gloria) Jensen, Amy (Blair) Smethurst, Tessa (Tony) Huber, and Zach Jensen. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends will miss his ready smile and cheerful and playful disposition. He is also survived by his good friend and mentor, Margaret Davies. He was predeceased by his sister, Melissa Joy Jensen Gwynn, a niece, Taylor Roberts, and his grandparents. Michael was the first blind student that the Medicine Hat School District taught beginning with kindergarten through to grade 12. He graduated from Crescent Heights High School with the silver medal for academics. After high school, Mike earned his certificate as a massage therapist in Calgary. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from the University of Alberta. He worked as a data analyst for Alberta Health Services until his health prevented him from continuing. Mike was always very independent despite having lost his vision completely at a young age. He always met each challenge with determination and a smile. When he was told that he couldn’t do something because of his blindness, that made him all the more determined to do that thing. He showed by patience, determination and courage that almost any obstacle could be overcome. He was always learning new things and was always ready to try something new, especially if there was some degree of excitement, speed and danger. He loved playing musical instruments like guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, piano, and recently was learning the banjo. He loved the outdoors and any sport. Over the years, he made many good friends through ASRAB (a blind sport organization) and the CNIB. He was loved and admired by all who knew him. Mike inspired hope in others and showed by example to never give up despite the challenges of life. The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1864 Division Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with Bishop Michael McClung conducting. Interment will follow at the Redcliff Cemetery. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the church between 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website: www.cook southland.com) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the education fund for Michael’s children at any branch of Service Credit Union, in the account for the “Michael Jensen Family”; to Alberta Sports & Recreation Association for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB., T2E 4Z3 or to the CNIB, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON., M4G 3E8. Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455

6 Condolences for “MICHAEL CHARLES JENSEN”


    Please extend condolences to all on the loss of Michael. He amazed and inspired us all in the Circulation Department of the Medicine Hat News when he was a newspaper carrier in his youth. Delivering a route in all types of weather and having lost his sight was quite an accomplishment!

    Take care of yourselves.

    Kevin Schneider
    Medicine Hat News alumni
    1980 – 2005

  2. Daryl Craypo says:

    Rodger and Joanne Iam so sorry to hear about Micheal…God bless you and your family…You are in my Prayers…Love always Daryl

  3. Gloria Marshall says:

    Thinking of the Family at this time, Mike was a new neighbor to us and we always looked forward to meeting him coming and going….. Enjoyed watching him interact with his children, what a wonderful neighbour……. Rest in Peace Mike sending thoughts and prayers to the Family & Friends………

  4. Alice says:

    I am neighbours with a good friend of his. I’ve heard so many stories about this amazing man. I’m blind myself, and I take so much inspiration from him. He is a good part of why I am working to make my life better, and why we all should. We should all strive to be the best we can, for a selves and for Mike. It’s a sad day when the world loses a man like that. My condolences to everybody. I didn’t even know him and I cried so hard. I feel for everybody here.

  5. Jack & Maira Devin says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  6. Joanne Yardley says:

    I just happened across Mike’s obituary today online. I am truly shocked and saddened to hear about his passing. He and his first wife Zaidee were students at the U of A when I worked for Specialized Support and Disability Services on campus. Mike was a bright light in many peoples lives; a truly remarkable individual who was held in the highest esteem by many. My heart goes out to his family and his friends on such a huge loss.

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