Donald R. Jensen

Donald R. Jensen, PS1, USN, of Swoyersville, passed away Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

"Donny" was 30 years old and is survived by his love and wife, Jessica (Check) Jensen.

Born on Feb. 22, 1983 in San Diego, Calif., Donny was the son of Capt. Donald W. Jensen, MC, USN (retired) and Diana L. (Holst) Jensen, of Leesburg, Va.

Being the son of a career Navy veteran, Donny lived in many places throughout the United States. The majority of his younger years were spent in Port Orchard, Wash.

A 2001 graduate of South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, Wash., Donny later went on to further his education at Southern New Hampshire University, where in 2011 he attained his Bachelor of Science degree in human resources.

Donny was currently serving in the U.S. Navy as a Personnel Specialist 1st Class (PS1). His most recent command assignment was at the NOSC, based out of Avoca.

While he was stationed in Willow Grove, he met Jessica, and the two immediately fell in love. Donny proposed to Jessica in front of their friends and family while they were singing karaoke, and on May 11, 2007, they were married. Today would have been their sixth wedding anniversary.

Donny was a man who loved people and loved to laugh. A family man at heart, he took great pride in his wife and children, and maintained a close relationship with his family, in spite of the distances between them all. He was always kind and humorous, being deeply concerned when people were sad or upset. He loved to quote the TV show "The Simpsons" to invoke a smile from those around him, and he was a good friend to everyone who knew him.

Donny was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Donna Holst, and his paternal grandmother, Caroline Jensen.

In addition to his wife, Jessica, and his parents, Donny is survived by his 4-year old son, Joseph "Joey" Jensen, at home; his 8-month-old daughter, Elanor Jensen, at home; his sisters, Donna Jensen, of Omaha, Neb., and Denise Jensen, of Port Orchard, Wash.; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Holst, of Grand Island, Neb.; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jensen, of Los Lunas, N.M.

Also surviving are his father and mother-in-law, Joe and Jeanne Check, of Warminster, Pa.; his brother-in-law, Nicholas Check; his sisters-in-law, Amanda Clark and her husband, Bill, and Maddie Rose Check; and his niece, Sidney Clark.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service, which will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., West Pittston, with the Rev. John Major, rector, officiating.

Full naval military honors will be accorded at the church immediately following the funeral service.

Family and friends are invited to Donny's viewing on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, and also on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at the church. For additional information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website:

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donny's memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting

Funeral Home

Joseph L Wroblewski Funeral Home
1442 Wyoming Ave Forty Fort, PA 18704
(570) 287-8541

Published in Times Leader on May 11, 2013