Born in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Jensen graduated from Lincoln High School. Excelling in academics and athletics, he was granted a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend Stanford University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
After serving in the Navy, he earned a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He married Helen Elliott in San Diego and the couple settled in Portola Valley in 1968.
During his 40-year career as a municipal bond attorney, he derived great satisfaction from seeing the results of his professional work in the form of public works projects throughout California, say family members. His passions were books, traveling and sports, they say. An avid Stanford supporter, he enjoyed volunteering at Stanford sporting events and reading the daily sports page.
Mr. Jensen is survived by his son, Kurt Jensen; brothers Kent and Dan, sister Carolyn; and two grandsons.
Donations in Mr. Jensen's name made be made to the Red Cross or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
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