He married Betty Lou Heugly on May 14, 1952 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and they were married for 50 years. Betty preceded Lambert in death on July 30, 2002.
Lambert loved his youth growing up among a large family of eight boys and one girl in the Jensen home in Mount Pleasant. Following in his brothers' footsteps, Lambert joined the US Army in July of 1945 and served until October of 1946. After he returned home and married Betty, he began working at the ice cream plant. He and Betty then tried their hand at operating a hamburger and ice cream drive-in with Lambert driving the school bus as a side job. He eventually went back to work at the ice cream plant and then began working for the US Geological Survey as a hydrologist. He also worked a second job for a local mortuary.
He retired from the USGS after 24 years of service, and in 1989, he and Betty moved to St. George. He was a much loved employee at Metcalf Mortuary and worked there in many capacities until just a few months ago. Lambert was a member of the American Legion Post 90 and served weekly on the Honor Guard for many years.
Lambert married ValRae Chamberlain on May 29, 2004. They have enjoyed and shared their new home having many family dinners and functions there. They also enjoyed traveling and have gone to many destinations over the last few years. Lambert’s family meant the world to him and he always recognized their accomplishments and attended many of their important events.
Lambert faithfully spent his life in dedicated service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many different positions. The calling he loved most was ward greeter because it allowed him to visit with people. Lambert was a great conversationalist; no one was a stranger to him! He always made a connection with people and has many friends both near and far.
He is survived by his wife, ValRae of St. George; his three children: Ann (Brent) Speirs of Sandy, UT, James Jensen of San Jose, CA and Eric Jensen of Victorville, CA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchidlren; and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; four brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m at the Coral Canyon LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 1950 North Coral Canyon Blvd., Washington, UT. Visitations will be held on Sunday, December 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, and on Monday, December 2, at the chapel, prior to services from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Tonaquint Cemetery in St. George. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for all the generous outpouring of love; with a special thanks to the Ivins, UT Veteran’s Hospital for the care and love they gave Lambert during his stay with them.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Legion Lester Keate Post 90, Po Box 931031, St. George, Utah, 84791.