Jack Ralph Jensen

LINCOLN - Jack Ralph Jensen, 82, passed away July 8, 2013. He was born Sept. 9, 1930, to Albert Sr. and Hazel Jensen. If a man's measure is the legacy of love and values that he leaves in his wake, Jack Jensen was a very large man though of small physical stature.

He grew up in Montague, with his brothers, Sonny and Floyd; and lifelong friends, the Leonard family. Jack claimed to be a model student until about three weeks into his freshman year when he figured he had spent enough quality time in the principal's office. After various jobs of picking and rogueing potatoes up north, shoveling coal and working at the Northern Craft mill, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 at age 17. He trained as a medic and deployed to Europe during the clean-up of World War II and then into the Korean War. When on leave to come home and visit family, he met his future wife, Beverly Irene Chesley, who went with him to make their home in France. While there, they had the first of three daughters, Susan. In 1955, he was honorably discharged from the Army and decided that back home in Maine was the place to raise a family. Two weeks after their return, Jack went to work at the Eastern Fine Paper mill in Lincoln where he remained until his retirement after 38 years. During that time they had their second and third daughters, Lori and Jodi. In retirement, Jack became the favorite go-to babysitter for his grandchildren, and he took up the game of golf. He spent many hours on the course with his buddies, Roy Carr, Thurber Lovely, George Albert and Arthur Hurd. He was also a fan of music jams, going from one session to another around the area. He took special pride in maintaining his backyard and loved watching the deer and wildlife eating under his apple trees.

Jack is survived by his three children, Susan Harvey and husband, Clayton, of Enfield, Lori Jensen-Marin and husband, Albert, of Lincoln, and Jodi Miller and husband, Ron, of Lincoln; grandchildren, Joel Harvey and wife, Jennie, of Enfield, and Jesse Jack Jensen Miller and Samantha Miller of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Eben Harvey and Ella Miller; brothers Albert, Jr. "Sonny" of California and Floyd of Enfield, and their families; cousins, Alan and Lenny Nash, and their families; and special friend, Evelyn Dunn. He was predeceased by his parents, wife; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sanford and Harriet Chesley; and dear friend, Elwood Dugans.

At Jack's request, there will be no services. Donations in his memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401, which he and Beverly supported for many years.

Published in BDN Maine on July 11, 2013