Donald Jensen passed away on February 4, 2014 surrounded by his family. A visitation for friends and family will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm, Friday, February 7 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan, Texas.
Don was born on September 1, 1932 in McKeesport, PA to Elizabeth and Vincent Jensen. He was a man that always valued hard work starting from his early jobs as a paper boy and gas station attendant to later becoming a teacher, and working at the National Science Foundation and the Atomic Energy Commission. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 at the age of 20 and served his country proudly for over 39 years, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1991. He had enlisted as a Boatswain’s Mate and finalized his career as Flight Director on the USS Lexington, where he became a plank owner during the Korean War. He later became a dedicated member of the American Legion Post #159. As an entrepreneur, he started a real estate business that he grew and passed on to his sons all the while earning many degrees starting at the University of Ohio and ending at TAMU.
Don always loved meeting new people but especially enjoyed time shared with his large family. He is proceeded in death by his parents Elizabeth Jensen Vukovcan and Vincent Jensen, sister and brother-in-law, Claire and Bucky Painter, and great grandson Garrett Haney. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Robert Swartz as well as his 9 children, Connie Janac, Barbara Hulsey, Susan Jimerson, Jo Jensen, Robert Jensen, James Jensen, Erik Jensen, Andrew Jensen, Karina Zugaj and their spouses and his companion, Wilma Green. He was the proud grandfather of 13 grand-children, and 15 great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed; even the tricks he would play on his children, which will continue to be passed down to future generations in his memory.
The family would like to thank Brazos Valley Hospice for their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Legion Post 159, 101 Waco Street, Bryan, 77801 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, 77803.
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