Jensen Family Donates to the American Trotter Trail

October 18, (Independence, IA) – The Mustang Foundation would like to extend their thanks to a recent donor of the American Trotter Trail project, the Everett and Marilyn Jensen Family. The Jensen family has been a positive presence in the Independence Community for decades and represents how well the Independence Community Schools prepares students for success, as each family member are successful Independence High School graduates.

Name and Independence High School (IHS) Graduating Class:

  • Everett Jensen – IHS Class of 1954

    Pictured are Everett and Marilyn Jenson, along with four their children, who made the donation.  Front – Marilyn Jensen and Everett Jensen  Back L – R; Jeff, Kristin, Mike and Cyndi

    • Retired from Jensen Transport
  • Marilyn Jensen – IHS Class of 1956
    • Retired from Jensen Transport
  • Judy Jensen – IHS Class of 1977
    • Passed away in 1974
  • Cyndi Jensen – IHS Class of 1979
    • Graduated from Iowa State in 1984 with a Chemical Engineering degree
  • Jeff Jensen – IHS Class of 1982
    • Graduated from Luther College in 1986 with a Management/Economics degree
  • Kristin Jensen – IHS Class of 1985
    • Graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990 with a BA in Accounting/CPA
  • Mike Jensen – IHS Class of 1990
    • Graduated from Iowa State University in 1994 with an Industrial Engineering degree

The funds donated to the American Trotter Trail Project are used to pay for the benches, lighting,  litter receptacles along the trail, and related projects.

Making a donation to the American Trotter Trail is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail.

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail’s name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams, who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890s called, The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres.  The American Trotter Trail connects all three school buildings, creating a unified campus.

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at


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