Born at home on June 29, 1929, Donna was happily welcomed into the world by her parents, Byron Frank and Emeline Alleman Crookston. She was the perfect completion to their family and enjoyed sharing her birthday with her older brother, Ray. Her five siblings are: George, Ray, Lynn, Lola (all deceased) and brother Rulon, who died as an infant.
Growing up in Logan, this beautiful blued eyed blonde spent her time socializing and excelling in school where she was active in student government, art and theater and an ROTC Sponsor.
She graduated from Logan High School, completed three years at Utah State University and graduated from the LDS Institute.
It was on a blind date that she met Lowell D. Jenkins, a recently returned war vet. They dated then wrote one another while he served an LDS mission. Upon return, they married on Dec 14, 1949, in the Logan Temple. They have made Logan their lifelong home. They welcomed six children: Martha, Janice, Greg, Sandra, Roxey and Ron.
Her greatest treasure is her family and she has, through her example, reared her children and subsequently her posterity in faith, love and service to others. She has graciously and selflessly served in many capacities within the Church and supported Lowell for 21 years as he served as Bishop then Stake President and later Patriarch. She’d be found visiting sick neighbors, picking sweet peas, throwing holiday parties, taking lunch to Lowell, Martha or Greg at work at the family business, Bennett’s Paint, watching the USU Aggies and Utah Jazz play ball with kids and grandkids, making scrapbooks, enjoying simple “sky blue pink” sunsets, going on hikes around Tony Grove or Jenny Lake.
Donna’s faith and fortitude was evident during the loss of her beloved Lowell and eldest daughter Martha within five months of one another a few years ago.
Mom/Grandma Donna, we celebrate this special milestone with you! Your cheerful countenance continues to bless those who know you and we honor you on this special occasion!
A party will be held on her birthday — Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Adams Park with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A formal family dinner was held in May.
Ninety years. 32,872 days. 788,928 hours. 47,355,680 minutes. Six children. Twenty-one grand children. Fifty-three great-grand children. One amazing life. Happy 90th Birthday!