In Memory

Allen Jensen

Allen Jensen

Allen Jensen

Allen Leo Jensen, recently of Bay City, died of complications from cancer on January 28, 1997 at the age of 51. 

Allen was born in El Campo on February 26, 1945.  He graduated from El Campo High School in 1963.  From 1963 to 1971, he served his country proudly in the United States Air Force.  He served as a munitions specialist during two tours in Vietnam and Thailand, where he was exposed to Agent Orange.  He was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Allen graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1974, in the field of World Resources.  Following his graduation, he worked in the oil industry in oil products marketing, where he made many life-long friends.

Allen applied his knowledge of natural resource management as a Peace Corp volunteer from 1988 to 1990 in the rural areas of Fiji, where he taught local farmers about aquaculture.

In recent years, he served as an employment counselor at the Texas Workforce Commission in Bay City, specializing in the placement of veterans.

He was preceded in death by his father, Otto Jensen.

He is survived by his mother, Allene Jensen of El Campo; daughter and husband, Gretchen and Jim Turk of Humble; sister and husband, Cindy and Buddy Baird of Katy; brother and wife, Art and Karen Jensen of Tomball; one grandchild and two nieces.

He also leaves behind his valued friends at the Texas Workforce Commission in Bay City.  He will be missed by those who admired his integrity, unshakeable humor, warm heart and his sincere desire to help others.

The family expresses its gratitude to the doctors and nurses of Columbia Gulf Coast Medical Center for their kindness and to friends who demonstrated their devotion by visiting every day and tending to Allen during our absences.

A Rosary was recited Thursday at Triska Funeral Home.  Graveside services were Friday at the Houston National Cemetery for Veterans in Houston with Rev. Francis Ngo officiating.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Kainer, Donnie Kainer, Curtis Jensen, Paul Jensen, Mike Watz and Don Ball.

Memorials may be made to St. Philip's School Endowment Fund, 304 W. Church St., El Campo, Texas 77437.