God welcomed Juice into his new adventures in Heaven on August 16, 2013. He was and will continue to be a most amazing man to his family and friends.
Owen's first priority in life was to be a good husband, father and leader for his family. He is survived by wife of 24 years Terryl Whitmore Jensen; children Jennifer (Marty) Kirkham, Liberty and Hunter Whitmore Lewis; brothers, Curt (Patricia), Ken (MaryLou), sister Rita (Frank) Goodwin, in-laws Cindy (Bill) Mihelich, Laurie (David) Polk, Danielle Thomas, and Michele, John and Robert Whitmore; uncle Paul (Joyce) and many cousins. He is preceded in death by son Kai. After the blending two families in 1989, he became uncle to 28, great uncle to 12, brother-in-law and instigator of all adventures.
Owen was born in Santa Monica CA. At 11 years of age he and siblings were moved to Champaign, Il after the death their mother Genevieve "Jenny" Curtis Jensen. His father was Kai "Bob" Robert Jensen. Owen graduated University of Illinois 1969 with honors and commissioned as an Air Force 2nd lieutenant.
Juice began in AF career as a fighter pilot. In 12 years, accumulating 3000 flying hours primarily in the single seat delta wing F-106, earning a Command Pilot badge and "you did what?" stories.
Upon receiving a Masters International Affairs/Strategic Planning and French from Defense Language Institute, Juice was assigned as Assistant Military Air Attache with the US Embassy in Ottawa Canada.
Juice's AF years concluded with AF Space Command Headquarters beginning 1986, Pentagon 1990, commander 73rd Space Group operating a global space surveillance network 1992. And, in 1993 Colonel Jensen had the honor as Vice Commander reactivating the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers Space Command. Juice retired from AF Colonel 1996 with a Master Space Badge. These years of assignments and travel brought him and his family world-wide and lifetime friends.
Juice retired as Director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company 2009, after 14 years. Juice worked tirelessly to "fill the parking lots" with contract wins, while mentoring and inspiring young professionals. Juice preached the importance of pursuing engineering and technology passionately.
Juice loved living in Colorado and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed tap dancing, organizing museum tours and dinners, appreciating music from Mozart-Country, reading American western history and had the best pirate accent ever.
Although Owen battled valiantly against 3 types of cancer beginning 2006, he never allowed it to define him. Even though the prostate, thyroid and esophageal cancer bastards persisted, we all learned from his strength, tenacity and positive survival spirit. We release him in peace and love.
Services: Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO Fri. August 30th, 10:00am.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the
or to the Owen E "Juice" Jensen Engineering Scholarship Fund % Credit Union of Colorado, 3606 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80919, Acct # 2251490.