Robert Allen Jensen
Bob made his transition surrounded by four generations of his family on April 21st at his home in Atascadero after a long illness.
Although born in Santa Maria California November 1932., Bob grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He joined the USMC at 19 years old and served in Korea. His service was from 1951-1954 as a member of the EOD and completed his service with the rank of Sergeant. Bob was wounded in action.
After returning home, Bob apprenticed to his father and followed a lifetime career as a painting contractor throughout the LA basin.
In 1957 he met who was to become his lifetime sweetheart, Linda Blackwell; they married in 1959 and raised 3 sons. Bob was a loving and devoted father and husband. He had a great heart and quick wit. He always proved the statement that “he never met a stranger” as his friendliness attracted many friends.
Much of Bob’s life revolved around sports, motorcycle racing, and coaching. He was a member of the SoCal Motorcycle Club and enjoyed desert racing. He was a gifted athlete and pitched in Double A fastpitch. He and his wife, Linda, started the first Women’s Double A Fastpitch Softball League in the San Fernando Valley. He was the coach for the VALCO Double A fast pitch team.
Bob touched so many young lives. One of his great joys was teaching. He loved working with children both as a coach for a team and as a private/neighbor who helped a kid improve his batting skills, pass a learner’s driving test, or repair their brakes.
Bob and Linda moved to Atascadero in 1984. He continued his paint contracting until his retirement.
Bob is predeceased by his Father, Clark Glenn Jensen, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth Jensen, and his brother, Glenn Jensen. He is survived by his wife Linda Jensen, sister, Jackie Coppedge (husband, Alton) of Helendale and three sons: Derek Lee Jensen (wife Jill) of Santa Barbara, Keith Allen Jensen (wife Shannon) of Atascadero and John Darren Jensen (wife Patrice) of Ojai. His grandchildren are all Jensens: Ashley, Shane, Justin, Joshua, Jace, Jeremy and Jenna. He has one great grandchild, Jayden Jensen.
The family has suggested that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or The Disabled American Veterans in lieu of flowers.