Eric Jensen
1946 - 2020
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Eric Peter Jensen
June 21, 1946 - October 7, 2020
Eric, age 74, died after a long illness on October 7th, 2020.
He was born in San Francisco, California, on June 21st, 1946 and was the eldest of five children. He was a Vietnam veteran, and served from 1966 to 1967. He continued his time in the army until 1969. He attended night school while working and attained his B.A. at USF. His working career involved a 35-year career with CSAA and a seven-year career with Genworth, after which he retired.
He had many personal interests. He enjoyed British sports cars, especially his beloved Triumph TR3, and maintained sports cars as a hobbyist. He was also an avid photographer and was a semi-professional wedding photographer. He also took a keen interest in genealogy, far before the popularity of genealogy sites. He devoted a lot of time to researching and traveling, often to other states, to gather family records. He also amused his family and his close friends with his humorous side, which included his annual "North Forty" Christmas letters.
He is survived by his daughter Rachel and two grandchildren, Haplo and Kethry. He is also survived by his siblings, Alison (Rory), Karen (Michael), Jeremy (Leilani), and Justine, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and close, supportive friends. He will be missed by all.
Private interment at the San Francisco Columbarium.


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
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In Loving Memory of Eric Jensen. A pillar in our lives, we will always remember Eric.
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Marion John Conrad Anne Paul
October 17, 2020
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October 17, 2020
I came to know Eric through his sister , Karen,( my best friend). Eric had a witty and some times wicked sense of humor that kept us laughing. Many holiday dinners were enjoyed with Eric and the rest of the family.
It was a pleasure to have know Eric and called him friend!
My deepest condolences to all his siblings,children,grandkids and friends.
Jan Caravario
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October 17, 2020
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Autumn Wagner
October 17, 2020
Eric was my closest friend in a relationship that grew over the years from the days we both worked at CSAA in the San Francisco District Office. He always had a camera in hand and many a maiden was lured out to the back stairwell/balcony for a photo shoot. As he developed his photography craft, I was often a willing model and for that reason, I have many wonderful pictures of myself through my twenties and thirties and beyond. Never would he display a photo of anyone that wasn't a flattering likeness.

He loved women and their beauty in a way that came straight from the heart. One of the last things he said to me is that he was truly in love with each woman that he loved. He included his close female friends such as myself and in that expression.

He hosted many a wild party in the seventies at the historic Beach House on Great Highway that he lived in for so many years. He could always be had for an expertly crafted martini or manhattan to go with a fine home-cooked meal. His lamb shanks were unrivalled.

For many years, we treated each other to a dinner out on our birthdays. We went several places but always found ourselves back at Alfred's in both the old an new locations.

His home was an "old curiosity shop" in decor and reflected his unique taste; he particularly liked images of women, Erte in particular. His place was crammed with pictures, sculptures and various knick -knacks and collectibles. He indulged himself in his senior years with internet purchases that appealed to his particular joys.

Oh, how I miss him already. I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful friend to entertain and advise me through life.

The photo was taken on September 15, 2019, at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael. For once, someone else was behind the camera!

Autumn Wagner
Friend
October 16, 2020
Eric Jensen past away quietly in the early morning hours of October 7th. I met Eric while both of us were stationed at the Oakland Army Base following our respective tours in RVN. We had a lot in common. Both of us were drafted, and enlisted for the extra year to avoid a job changing the oil on a six by six in six inches of mud. Our MOS was 71H20 which was 'personnel specialist/company clerk'. We had the same job as Radar O'Reilly of MASH; Eric's unit was an Engineer Company, mine was a Helicopter Company. Eric was the only one of our OARB department to qualify for Pro-Pay; The Army's way to reward superior job knowledge and performance. Each of us were able to live off base due to having close family to stay with in the immediate area.

Our memorable claim-to-fame was transporting thirteen nursing students, including a good friend of mine from Merritt School of Nursing to a party at John Porter's (another OARB co-worker) house in Albany,CA in Eric's VW Van. Everyone had a good time due to the fact that John was always a good host with Bar-B-Que and libations. Eric and I lost touch after separation from the Service, but got together when a mutual friend, Ed Troy from returnee/reassignment died within 20 years of separation.

During the last five years, we have talked quite a bit on the phone, and I organized a couple of trips to Reno which were fun. Eric was a dry wit raconteur and no one was ever bored by his stories. We would sit at a table like those two old guys on the Muppetts and had a great time just watching everyone have fun. We managed a couple of the trips before he got too sick to travel.

During the movie, 'Tombstone', about half way through, a sick Doc Holiday accompanies Wyatt Earp and the "two jacks" on a search for the Cowboys, an outlaw gang. Wyatt dispatches Curly Bill and the others run for the hills. One of the "two jacks" comments that Doc really looks sick and should be in bed. Doc replies, "Wyatt Earp is my friend"! Jack comments, "Hell, Doc I've got plenty of friends!" Doc replies, "I don't!"
Eric Jensen was My friend!
DAVID KOSKI
Served In Military Together
October 15, 2020
The world without Eric is hard to imagine. Eric was such a big part of my life and my character development, particularly during my teenage years and early 20's. Besides all of the fun we had in the 60's running around with our circle of crazy friends in the family Volkswagen bus singing the songs of Tom Lehrer, he rescued me more than once when I got myself in a compromising situation. Eric taught me how to drive on that Volkswagen bus – such patience. He took me to my senior prom – a special evening for both of us. Eric would chuckle and thump out just about any crazy song on the piano just by hearing it. Over the past 25 years while he was still able to travel he visited me several times in Prague. He was an avid tourist. In life he was passionate and determined, enjoying the humorous side of life. Even in his death his humour lives on in the Columbarium. I can hear his little giggle as he showed me his niche and said that he would be looking down on us. Throughout my life Eric would comfort me when I got depressed, add his morsels of wisdom when I was in a quandary, and never a year went by without a birthday card and a valentine. As in life, I will visit him in his niche whenever I am back in the San Francisco area. With love, Marion
Marion Williams
Friend
October 13, 2020
For many, many years, Uncle Eric generously hosted the family holiday dinners at his cozy cottage on The Great Highway. My children and I have happy, warm memories from these gatherings. Eric was a keen genealogist, long before it was "in," but he was also a great cook, and an amazing host. Just the thought of his prime rib makes my mouth water.

I also want to take note of the fact that Eric welcomed his father into his home, when Lloyd could no longer live on his own. Eric made sacrifices for his parent, demonstrating an example of love and respect that I can only hope for from my own children, when the time comes.

Uncle Eric, I have no doubt you are in heaven, wearing a cocky tweed hat while speeding along in a classic English sports car. I have wonderful memories of you. You will be missed. Rest in peace: you deserve it. I send my love and condolences to your family. My thoughts are with them in this difficult, sad time.
Teresa Jensen
Friend
October 13, 2020
RIP Eric until we meet again.
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