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Marshall A. Jensen Sr.


1917 - 2009 | Obituary Condolences
Marshall A. Jensen Sr. died at his home in Rancho Bernardo, California, on May 26, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.
Born at Minden, Nebraska, on January 23, 1917, he was the son of Arthur Jensen and Jean Marshall Jensen. He graduated from Minden High School and attended Culver Military Academy. He graduated from Hobart College, Geneva, New York, in 1938 and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His first job was as an engineer on the construction of Kingsley Dam, a project conceived by his grandfather, Andrew Jensen, and other Nebraska irrigation pioneers. During WWII, he instructed pilots at Mather Field in Sacramento, California, and at San Marcos, Texas; he was a major in the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, he worked as a heating and air conditioning engineer in Stockton, California. In 1949, he returned to Minden and farmed. He installed one of the first center pivot irrigation systems in the area on a farm in Franklin County, demonstrating its effectiveness to many skeptics and thus influencing the widespread adoption of center pivot irrigation in south central Nebraska. He moved to San Diego in 1972, and again worked as an engineer until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gene S. Jensen; daughter, Jill Sculley of Boonton, New Jersey; son, Peter M. Jensen of Placitas, New Mexico; grandchildren, Scott Jensen of Northglenn and John Jensen of Windsor, Colorado, Arthur B. Sculley Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, Claire Jensen of Omaha, Nebraska, and Marshall A. Jensen II of Atlanta, Georgia; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his children, Susan and Marshall A. Jensen Jr.
His body was donated to medicine. Burial will be at the Minden Nebraska Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jensen Memorial Library, 443 N. Kearney, P.O. Box 264, Minden, Nebraska 68959.
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