Longtime Sonoma County resident John (Jack) Jensen passed away on December 26, 2012, of end-stage Parkinson's disease resulting from his military service. He was 78 years young. He was born to John (Joe) and Nellie Jensen in rural Minnesota in 1934. He graduated from Hoffman High School in 1952 and served in the military for 21 years. While in the Army, he attended MSOE (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and was a recipient of the Bronze Star and various other commendations during his military service. He retired from the military in 1975 and settled in Sebastopol, where he enjoyed raising his family, training horses, working on the ranch, and continuing his education in farm-related classes through the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. He was a long time member of Golden Gate Arabian Horse Association and an active leader in his local 4-H organization. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, their four children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, one brother, and many nieces and nephews. His strength, compassion, and humor will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held on January 20, 2013, from 2-6:00 p.m. at the Hessel Grange in Sebastopol, California. Memorial donations may be made to the Sonoma County C.H.A.N.G.E. Program (Horse Rescue), Post Office Box 64, Vineburg, CA 95487; (707)-570-7050; http:// <A HREF=http://sonomachangeprogram.com;/> sonomachangeprogram.com; </A> and/or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2013