Our Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, and Great-Great Grandfather Carlyle Charles Berensen passed away peacefully on November 3, 2023 at the age of 90. He was born November 17, 1932 in Kenilworth, Utah to James Henry Berensen and Venice Nelson. He was the 11th of 15 children. He had 7 brothers and 7 sisters.
They were a close-knit family and Carl liked to help out wherever he could. In his youth, he delivered milk and newspapers to help support the family. He liked school--always had good grades, and was an honor roll student all through high school. After high school, he joined the Army and signed on to be a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He continued to send money home every month as he still had twin sisters and a brother at home. After the service, he worked in the Kenilworth Coal Mines.
Carl's best friend introduced him to Jennie Patricia Shiner. His friend thought they'd make a good couple, and he was right. While attending Carbon College where he joined the baseball team, Carl and Pat dated and were married on March 23, 1957 and were later sealed in the Logan, Utah temple on June 5, 1964.
In June of 1958, they left for Berkeley, California where Carl enrolled at the University to study Criminology and Criminal Law. He received his Associates Degree there. In 1961, they moved to Ogden, Utah where he was hired in the Ogden Police Department. They had 20 homicide cases that were 10 years old or less that he was assigned to. In just 3 weeks, he and his partner had them all cleared. Soon after, he was made a Detective and was offered the job of setting up the new Narcotics and Liquor Department for the state. He was only there a year when Police Office Standards and Training offered him a position as Director of the new Police Academy being built in Salt Lake County. He found great success in this position and was able to smoothly build up the new academy. He was asked by Utah Technical College to help them start a class in Law Enforcement--a task he was happy to oversee. Because of his strong work ethic, he was recommended for a double merit increase for excellent administrative performance. In 1969, he received his Bachelors Degree from Weber State University and in 1974 he attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Carl was a good natured man who loved to tease and got along well with everyone. He was a very involved father and husband. Carl loved his family and took every opportunity to spend time with them. He and Pat loved cooking together and had family gatherings often with games, great food, and so much fun.
Throughout his life, he was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held many callings. He and Pat served a mission together and upon return were called as Stake Missionaries. He served in the South Jordan Temple for 24 years and worked for many years in four family history centers.
They were blessed with three children; Debra Ann (Bateman), Gregory Carl, and Scott Richard (Kayleen); nine grandchildren, Cristina (Andy), Richard (Brittany), Tiffini (Bob), Tanna, Tyler (Sarah), Jennessa (Richard), Kassandra, Justin, & Natasha; fourteen great-grandchildren, Vanessa (Kolby), Alyssa, Gabriel (Jessica), Malakai, Zahara, Zachary, Zoey, Richard, Aurora, Sebastian, Joseph, Milo, Alaia, & Namira; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kliff & Vaughan. He is also survived by his sisters, Carol and Carolyn and his brother Richard.
Carl was preceded in death by his beloved wife Pat (Jennie), his parents, 6 brothers and 7 sisters, grandson Richard Bateman, and great-grandson Clayton Garvis.
He will be so missed.