Jon Jenkins, 77

Jon Jenkins, age 77, of Pagosa Springs, CO, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015.

Jon was a 1955 graduate of Cokato High School.

He was best known as a co-founder of IVAC Corporation and IMED Corporation, two major manufacturers of intravenous devices. As chief engineer, his inventions included the first electronic oral thermometer, and the volumetric IV infusion pump.

JJ, as he was known by his friends and family, was born in California, but raised in Minnesota. For the past 20 years he lived in Colorado, in the town of Pagosa Springs.

Jon joined the Marines in 1957, and was stationed in San Diego, CA. His inquisitive, curious mind and his love of people made him the life of the party.

Also known as the “Toy Man” to his buddies and colleagues, few things gave Jon greater joy than his electronics or anything that had an engine. His boats, motorcycles, dune buggies, planes, snowmobiles, and his beloved Jon’s Town, with state-of-the-art machinery, inspired his inventions and were the entertainment center for family and friends.

Jon is survived by his wife of 55 years, Fran Jenkins; four daughters: Shelly Sougias, Cindy Reno, Diane Luth, and Kim Jenkins; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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