Bruce LaVal Jenson
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Bruce LaVal Jenson, 67, of Lexington, KY died May 31, 2022 at Central Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington, KY of lung cancer. He was born September 27, 1954 in Idaho Falls, ID to Shirley Bea Hall Jenson and LaVal Jenson.
He married Nancy McCloskey on July 4, 1987 in Rigby, ID at the Call Homestead. On January 19, 1990, a daughter was born to them, Kenzie Lynn. They were residing in Lexington, KY and have been since.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughter, Kenzie, both of Lexington, KY; his mother, Shirley Jenson Call Piquet; ten siblings - DeAnn Flower (Larry) of Middleton, ID, Rick (Melissa) Call of Kingman, AZ, Val Dean (Char) Call of Norco, CA, Pam (Rick) Harris of Farmington, NM, Christine (Sterling) Bryan of Taft, CA, Jerry Jenson of Boise, ID, Brad (Jan) Call of Syracuse, UT, Kathy (Kirk) Hall of Ashton, ID, Jeff (Annette) Call of Rigby, ID, Mike Call of Rigby, ID; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, LaVal Jenson; stepfathers, Kennith Call and Newell Piquet.
Bruce grew up in Rigby, ID and attended school there. He left high school and Idaho to work with race horses and become an apprentice jockey. He worked in California at Los Cerritos Farm and broke yearlings. Later, he went to Ohio and jockeyed at some of the larger tracks and did very well. Bruce was in a bad "spill" in one of the races and was badly broken up including a broken back. He was in a body cast for a long time. Once healed up, he went back to jockeying and won his first race back. But it was too difficult to continue after the broken back. He started to gallop and train horses at Thistledown Track.
Eventually, he started working on Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky.
He was an assistant trainer for John Ward. He became Overbrook farms yearling manager for 18 years. He was Storm Cat's first handler in his breeding career. He raised many champions, including 1996 Kentucky Derby winner, Grindstone. Bruce also traveled to England with the horses while at Overbrook.
Bruce took care of many stallions while working at Darley USA\Godolphin including 2007 Kentucky Derby Champion, Street Sense (pictured above). He accompanied stallions to Australia while working at Darley.
Then, at Seclusive Farm, he managed many brood mares and weanlings.
Bruce was a respected member of the Thoroughbred horse industry for over 45 years. Horses were his love and he enjoyed being around and working with them.
Bruce was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. We loved him so much and he was so positive, had a great sense of humor, and he enjoyed life. He will be greatly missed.
Bruce has requested to be cremated.