Jack Jensen passed away June 1, 2020. What a wonderful life. Born in Los Angeles. Parents were John and Pearl Jensen. Jack had two sisters, Betty Williams and Helen Kuhlman. He attended grade school and Jr. High in Los Angeles, graduating from Fremont High School. While at Fremont, Jack and many of his friends became involved in De Molay. He maintained these friendships through the years. Jack was very involved with several Masonic Lodges in the Los Angeles area, and a loyal Shriner for many years. After High School, he took drafting classes at Los Angeles City College and attended USC. He was a staunch Trojan football supporter, driving to the Coliseum with a buddy into his late 80's.
Jack's first job was at Douglas Aircraft. It was there that he met Doris Foote, who he would marry. Before that could happen though, Jack was drafted into the Army. Due to some crazy circumstances he ended up in the Air Corps. He received his training as a turret gunner on bomber aircraft, did not see action, but was ultimately assigned to a B-29 squadron that was training for one of the missions to Japan. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. Upon his discharge he returned to Douglas Aircraft, designing armament for fighter aircraft. He also designed elements on most commercial jetliners produced. Jack retired in 1979 after 35 yrs. with Douglas/Boeing Co.
Jack married Doris in 1944 while still in the service. Initially settling in Inglewood, CA. They had two children, Darrell and Lorraine. In 1949, Jack bought property in
Manhattan Beach, and, along with his contractor father-in-law, built a home after work and on weekends. He lived in that home until recently when he moved into Sunrise
Assisted Living. Jack was 95 when he was issued his last drivers license.
Jack and Doris joined the Manhattan Beach Community Church in 1954. It was there that a legion of friends joined in many church and social activities. This included travel, backpacking and boating. They both sang in the church choir and participated in musical productions.
Jack loved to walk to the Manhattan Beach Library and Senior Center. He loved watching his children grow and mature. He loved seeing his grandchildren grow into fine adults and have families of their own. He was lucky enough to experience their love, and the love of four great grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 50 yrs, Doris. He is survived by his son
Darrell (Susan) Jensen, daughter Lorraine Lee; grandchildren Aaron (Wendy) Jensen, Allison (Tome) Baldocchi, and Shawn (Jenny) Jensen, great grandchildren Adriana, Kyle, Caden and Maguire (Mac).
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