Jensen, Mark A. "Babu Mzee" age 65, of Annandale, died June 13, 2011 at his home surrounded by the love of his family and the grace of God. He was born January 15, 1946 in Estherville, IA to Millen & Blanche (Appelt) Jensen. Mark graduated from Hayfield in 1964. He attended Augsburg College and then the U of M. Mark married Teresa Olson in 1967 in Hayfield. He served in the Army then returned to the U of M to complete his BS degree in Ag Ed. Mark taught at Mabel-Canton Schools from 1973 to 1976. He then began farming in Mabel. Moving to Elko in 1982 Mark worked 22 years as a Regional Sales Manager for Genex/CRI. He worked as a mortgage officer for Wells Fargo & JRA Financial Advisors. In 2003, Mark along with Terry, became rostered volunteer ELCA Missionaries. Mark began the first of many trips to TZ, even though diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. He rotated between Africa to work his ag mission and America to get cancer treatments. He was the Founding Director, Institute of Agriculture, Tumaini University, Iringa, Tanzania, Africa since 2003. The Institute's mission is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ while teaching improved farming practices to the people of TZ. Since 2004 he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Annandale, and the Men's Bible Study. He golfed and competed in the Single Action Shooting Society. He was given the name Babu Mzee by the people of TZ, which means "Old Grandpa". Mark's last journey to TZ was in July, 2009, after which he remained home and continued treatments until Feb. 2011. Mark's presence and faithful service to the Lord was evident by all those he encountered, whether in TZ or even during chemotherapy. He placed others before himself and always glorified God in all that he did. Mark is survived by his wife, Terry; daughters, Ann Joos & Billie Jo (Lane) Van Lith; 6 grandchildren, Elizabeth Van Lith, Cole & Crystal Joos, Victoria, Alicia & Sophia Van Lith; siblings, Margaret Haukom, Bill (Jan), Blaine (Mary Jo), Joel (Marsha) & Jon (Lila); & many other family & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents & brother-in-law, Lowell Haukom. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul Area Synod for the Institute of Agriculture in Tanzania, Africa.

Published on June 15, 2011

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