Bob Jensen
Robert Leif Jensen
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: May 14, 1931
  • Place of birth:
    Staten Island, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 15, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
Let the memory of Bob Jensen be with us forever

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This memorial website was created in the

memory of our loved one,


Always and Forever.

We welcome your Tributes, Stories, Pictures, Songs and Videos!


In lieu of flowers, the family has requested

that donations be made to:

 Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

c/o Dr. Mimi Guarneri

10820 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA  92037



A Memorial Service will be held on:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

11:00 a.m.


 700 E. Bobier Drive

Vista, CA  92084


   ... to be followed by a

Celebration Reception commemorating Bob’s Life! … location to be announced.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Fran Jensen on 15th May 2016

"I want to thank everyone who called and wrote to remember Bob.  When I see these pictures, I again am reminded of how precious family and friendships are; they truly are treasured!"

This tribute was added by Dotty Myhre on 14th May 2016

"Happy 85th Birthday Bob - we love you and miss you.  Dotty and MJ"

This tribute was added by Dotty Myhre on 17th January 2016

"Just cannot believe that it is 5 years since our overwhelming loss.  We all miss you more that ever Bob and know you are guiding us with your peace loving ways here on earth.  Always, sister Dotty"

This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 15th January 2016

"I see his name and immediately see that smile and twinkle in his eyes. Which I know Fran ,Karen  and Cindy had a lot to
do with creating .he was a happy man"

This tribute was added by Cindy Jensen on 15th January 2016

"We love and miss you Dad; always and forever!!  Thank you to everyone for your love, support, and incredible memories!"

This tribute was added by Jerry Webb on 28th May 2015

"A real VIKING. Will always miss Uncle Bob. Jerry n Susan Webb"

This tribute was added by Dotty Myhre on 19th May 2015

"Always in our hearts and especially your birthday month of May and celebration of our Norwegian heritage on 17th May from Dotty and MJ with our everlasting love for an amazing brother!"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Stahlnecker on 14th May 2015

"I remember Bob as a wonderful, honest, and a loving father and family man.

So Glad I knew the family....


This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 15th January 2015

"Remembering that great big smile and sending you loving hugs today!
Sharon and Allen"

This tribute was added by Donna Phelan on 15th January 2015

"Thinking about you today Jensen ladies!! I'm sure Bob is looking down on you today with that big grin of his!! Donna Smith Phelan"

This tribute was added by susan ward on 16th May 2014

"Hi to the Jensen girls!  Bob will always be remembered!  What a wonderful husband, father and friend.  I feel very blessed to have had him in my life.  Our New Orleans Jazz Fest trip will always be a special memory for me!  love to all of you!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 14th May 2014

"Thinking of Bob and my Mom on their shared Birthday today. Thanks Bob for my beautiful friend Karen and thanks Mom for being the best Mom ever!
Sending you love and light

This tribute was added by anne stromberg on 14th May 2014

"Hi Karen.....Thinking of you and your family today.  

My Norwegian friend used to tease me (Stromberg is Swedish) with this Norwegian  childhood  verse.   When I think of this verse today I think of your Dad....he is that ONE Norweigan.  Var Viking.

10.000 svenskene løp gjennom ugress jaget av en norsk!  

10,000 Swedes ran through the weeds chased by ONE NOrwegian.

I would also like to say to your Dad  "takk" for a lovely daughter who became my friend."

This tribute was added by Cindy Jensen on 16th January 2014

"Those we love never go away; they walk beside us every day.  Unseen, unheard but always near.  Still loved, still missed, and forever in our hearts.  We love you Dad!"

This tribute was added by Dotty Myhre on 15th January 2014

"It is 3 years and I miss you more than ever dear brother and wishing we had gotten to ski together.  You are so loved by so many people as this lovely memorial site shows.  Our prayers thank God for you in our lives. Love always, Dotty ("Dusty")"

This tribute was added by Karen Lindstrom on 14th May 2013

"Happy Birthday Daddy Bob,
We miss you so very much and thank you for the little signs you show us that never cease to amaze, and confirm that you are close by and watching over your loved ones. I love you always and forever.

This tribute was added by anne stromberg on 14th May 2013

"Thinking of you today Karen. Hugs  Anne"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Stahlnecker on 15th January 2013

"Fran, Cindy, Karen,

Thinking about Bob and the wonderful life you and your family always had..I still look at the photos of the kids at your cottage from time to time...they still remember you and Bob..and all the fun they had on the Niagara River.   Blessings..Dorothy Stahlnecker"

This tribute was added by anne stromberg on 14th May 2012

"Thinking of you today Karen on your Dad's birthday. Anne"

This tribute was added by gene james on 16th January 2012

"January 15, 2012
It is not difficult to remember this infamous day when Bob, a man who loved life and lived live to the fullest, was taken from us to be with our Creator. He left us with many good memories from times together at Duke and later in life with his wonderful family.
Margaret & Gene James"

This tribute was added by Jerry Webb on 15th January 2012

"Dear FRAN, KAREN, CINDY:You were and are so BLESSED to have had such a LOVING husband and Dad in your lives....  For Uncle BOB...Once a CHAMPION always a CHAMPION !!

Jerry, Susan and WEBB family"

This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 15th January 2012

"Remembering a very memorable man and his legacy of a beautiful loving family!"

This tribute was added by Bill & Maureen Kraus on 10th December 2011

"Fran, Cindy & Karen,
We say farewell to a wonderful man. Our memories include much laughter but most of all a family who loves each other through all life's problems. Bob will be remembered by us always as a man to be emulated and cherished. We are so sorry for your loss but how blessed you are to have had him in your life!  God Bless You All!"

This tribute was added by ken geiger on 15th May 2011


This tribute was added by Jerry Webb on 15th May 2011

"Dear Fran, Cindy & Karen

With great memories of Uncle Bob and thoughts of each of you on Uncle Bob's birthday. What a blessing he was and remains to all !! Love Jerry and Susan Webb"

This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 14th May 2011

"I never realized that Bob and my Mother shared the same Birthday! Thinking of them both today surrounded in loving light.
Sharon and Allen"

This tribute was added by Dory Smith Matwijkow on 14th May 2011

"I think about Bob often, especially today on his 80th birthday.  I hope you are all well and continue to keep him close in your hearts and memories."

This tribute was added by anne stromberg on 14th May 2011

"Thinking of you today  and your family Karen."

This tribute was added by Lynn & Joe Murphy on 16th March 2011

"Fran and family, Bob was what we all wished we could be…fearless, full of adventure, could tell a heck of a story, tough as nails, all wrapped up in a warm personality.  His life continues to be an inspiration to us all.    Hugs, Lynn and Joe Murphy"

This tribute was added by John De Carlo on 5th February 2011

"Dear Fran, Cindy, and Karen,
I am so glad I was able to see everyone at your 50th Wedding Anniversary!  Bob was as I had always remembered him, and that is, a very warm hearted, friendly, and embracing soul that knew how to enjoy life.  And this was way back in the day when I met him over a long weekend when I came to visit the Family in Grand Island.  Hope to see you soon."

This tribute was added by Bob Ryan on 5th February 2011


It is a long way back to those happy days in GI but they are fond memories. Bob lived with the mantra, "I pass this way but once; if I play my cards right, that will be enough." It probably was just about enough but he would never admit that.

The memories are rich and the prayers are useful.

Bob Ryan"

This tribute was added by William & Mary Schaab on 5th February 2011

"We were saddened to read of Bob's passing.  May God bless the Jensen family and
may Bob gallantly sail the heavens with his Viking ancestors. Mary & Bill Schaab"

This tribute was added by Greg Pennyroyal on 4th February 2011

"Dear Fran and Karen,

It was an honor to have the pleasure to meet a fellow Norse adventurer who valued his wife and produced a daughter of rare elegance and beauty.
All the best to you and your family,

Greg Pennyroyal"

This tribute was added by RJ P. on 31st January 2011

"Hey Cindy and Karen and Jay;

How great that you can celebrate a life well lived and in the end, he went out doing what he loved. hope someone can say that about me some day.
i know you will miss him and our thoughts are with you.
RJ and Kathy"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Stahlnecker on 31st January 2011

"I remember the wonderful times at your cottage with Daniel and later my grandchildren. Just found pictures of you and Bob, how did so much time pass so quickly.  I'll be thinking of the terrific marriage you had it was beautiful to loved him so much. And the memories with Viking and Sage, I told Jerry today, Bob, a great man who did have it his way.  Blessings Dorothy Stahlnecker"

This tribute was added by kevin mccarthy on 30th January 2011

"You can be assured wherever you go when you leave this earth Bob will be in good company I'm sure McCarthy was waiting for him with a drink and a sarcatic comment god bless Bob and his family he will be missed

Kevin McCarthy"

This tribute was added by Victoria Von Roth on 29th January 2011

"Robert Leif Jensen...WHAT A MAN!  And what an honor to know him.  And his gorgeous "girls." I am thinking of you all today as you celebrate the life of this incredible man, husband, father, friend. He will be missed every day.  I love you, Fran, Karen and Cindy...and Bob.
Victoria Von Roth"

This tribute was added by Dolly and Paul Kudla on 29th January 2011

"Bob was our neighbor on E River Grand Island for many years and we are sad to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with his family."

This tribute was added by Jeff Youngs on 28th January 2011

"As early as I can remember, Bob has been a powerful force in my life. He was my first employer and taught me how to be a responsible employee, and in the process taught me some of my first lessons in leadership. What I most respect about him was his capacity to live full-out. Bob is the definition of living authentically!I'm so glad I was able to see him again recently. I'll miss you Bob! -Jeff"

This tribute was added by Colleen Ploscyca (McCarthy) on 28th January 2011

"I will always remember as a young child spending many a nights at the Jensens house..fond memories...lots of laughs..and great friends!!! Rest in Peace ((((Mr. J)))"

This tribute was added by Robert Sanchez on 28th January 2011

"I will always remember Bob as "the cool guy," bike riding his way through life. Bob had a young heart and lived life to the fullist. I will be greatful for all the travel advise he gave me. Bob was my friend and he will be missed.
Robert Sanchez"

This tribute was added by shelley lynnworth on 28th January 2011

"Dottie and family, I so wish we had met this marvelous man,Our most sincere sympathy is with you.  There are no words that seem adequate for such a loss.  May you all smile when you think of the times spent together.Dottie, please spend time with me when you come home wand tell me more of your brother's life, Love Shelley, Toms River Fitness"

This tribute was added by Susan Seale on 26th January 2011

"What a wonderful tribute to Bob.  I loved all the pictures.  He was such a classy and handsome guy.  His lust for life was contagious.  He is an inspiration to all of us.  God wants us to enjoy life.  Let Bob live on- Enjoy life. Love and big hugs to Cindy, Fran and Karen.  

Susan Seale"

This tribute was added by Kathy P. on 26th January 2011

Rob and I wanted to express our sympathy to you, Jay, Karen and your mom. May warm memories be your consolation in the days ahead and may the love and prayers of friends be a comfort to you. God Bless. Kathy & Rob"

This tribute was added by ken geiger on 25th January 2011

"Fran,Cindy and Karen... Your Dad "wide faced J" That's what I called him. We are so sorry for your LOSS ! We will ALWAYS remember the good times we had in G.I. Hope to see or hear from you guy's soon. WE LOVED your Dad, and will miss Him greatly. Love you guy's The Geiger Bros. Ken, Dale, Brian"

This tribute was added by Libby Hammond on 25th January 2011

"Cindy and Jay told me a little about Bob, when I visited San Diego, and their love and respect for him made me want to meet him. Obviously Bob appreciated life and loved his friends and family. You-all had fun! May God bless all of you who loved him and will miss him greatly.

(Jay's) Aunt Libby"

This tribute was added by Bob Hazelet on 25th January 2011

"Mrs. Jensen, Cindy and Karen, I am heartbroken to hear of Bob's accident. And I offer my most sincere condolences. He was a true gentleman and a mentor to me in those teenage years. I've missed his wit, charm, and companionship all this time since leaving for CA. Just recently I was speaking with Mr. Doring about Bob at the BLC. He was always admired and respected by those that knew him."

This tribute was added by Sherrill Schlimpert on 24th January 2011

"These are times when family joins together.  Please feel our prayers and sympathy that you will feel comfort and the peace that you'll see your father again, Cindy.  He sounds like a wonderful man, obviously well loved.  Thank you for sharing this time in your life with us.   Tom & Sherrill Schlimpert"

This tribute was added by bill max on 24th January 2011

"It has been great knowing Bob since college days and
we did manage to meet few times and reminisce the good old days. Now I am sorry that I put off going to Cal.and also getting Bob approved for the Duke Choir.

Liz and Willy Max"

This tribute was added by Valerie Rodriguez on 24th January 2011

"Roberto! You blessed thousands of lives!!! YOUR Healing SMILE and BEAR HUGS are so memorable and I am forever grateful for you being in my LIFE!Fran,Cindy,Karen how blessed that your beloved PAPA loved you unconditionally & continues to watch over you!Keeping you in our prayers and sending you HUGE angel wings to lift you up/admire the stars... your PAPA BEAR sends you besos! Valerie & Family"

This tribute was added by susan ward on 24th January 2011

"Cindy, Karen and Fran,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful man with all of your friends here in San Diego!  Everyone of the "girls" thought of him as our dad here in San Diego!  A beautiful man and a beautiful soul!  He was fun, funny, endearing and thoughtful of all who knew him.  He will be lovingly remembered,,,Susan Ward"

This tribute was added by Gloria Hans on 24th January 2011

"Our Love Cindy & Jay,
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange, the blessings of life's fullness.  Miracles happen when two hearts become connected, and memories can never be erased.  Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in the love of friends and family.
Wishing you & your families strength and peace.
Gloria & Gerry Hans"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Littion on 24th January 2011

"I so enjoyed all of our get togethers seeing Bob and getting to know him. He will be missed greatly.  He was one of a kind.  His love for life was contagious. His laughter was infectious!"

This tribute was added by Cory Barbee on 24th January 2011

"I met Bob on several occasions through our office functions and I always enjoyed Bob's passion for life. I'm sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I know that he will serve God very well!"

This tribute was added by Mary Kate Miller on 24th January 2011

"Cindy - I remember your Dad as such a joyful man.  I loved looking at the photos and seeing so many beautiful, smiling faces.  He sure lived a full life.  Love to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Debby Smith Laramee on 24th January 2011

"Fran, Cindy and Karen,
This takes me back 40 years.  I remember when the Jensen Family moved to Grand Island.  The whole family was always so full of life.  Sundays our family went to Youngs or Jensens for picnics and water skiing.  Always so much fun.  Another memory was the first time I went in their house the living room had a white carpet! Miss you all.  XO,Deb"

This tribute was added by Kim Donahue on 24th January 2011

"Fran, Cindy and Karen,
Though I only met Bob once, I enjoyed him so very much.  He had such a zest for life and his love for his family just exuded from him.  You were his treasures and he is busy preparing more surprises and treasures for you all in our eternal home.   I pray comfort for you all and joy in the memories and in the promises to come.
Kirk and Kim Donahue (Jay's sister)"

This tribute was added by Matt Curtis on 24th January 2011

"Although we didn't know Bob, we know he has a great daughter in Cindy, so he must have been a great guy.
Cindy and Jay are in our thoughts and prayers.

Matt and Sue Curtis"

This tribute was added by Todd Winninger on 24th January 2011

"I am an (almost) lifelong friend of Jay and know Cindy through him. Almost like with a child, when a close friend hurts, so do you. Although I didn't know Bob, I admire these tributes and the fact he was doing what he truly loved. And, without a doubt, we'll all be together again -- forever. That's more than comforting. It's a fact."

This tribute was added by Evelyn Adams on 23rd January 2011

"If yellow roses grow in heaven, pick a bunch for me.  Place them in my dad's arms & tell him they're from me. Tell him that I love & miss him, & when he turns to smile, place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for a while. Because remembering him is easy. I do it everyday. There's an ache within my heart.. that will never go away.. I LOVE YOU DAD.

We're keeping you in our prayers.

Dave & Eve"

This tribute was added by Marijane Smith on 23rd January 2011

"I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He and his wife Fran always welcomed my mom into their hearts and home. She worked for you at Viking on GI for many years. Her name was Anne and she passed 13 years ago of cancer.I was always grateful for what a wonderful person Bob was...he will be missed by many. God bless you all !"

This tribute was added by Dory Smith Matwijkow on 23rd January 2011

"Fran,Karen,& Cindy:
  I was so sad when I read about Bob.  I haven't seen you in many years, but think of you often when I drive by your old house on East River Rd.  I will never forget Bob, how he used to call me his "girlfriend" when I was little, and I would run away giggling all the time.  This website is is a trip down memory lane.RIP Bob...We all love you!  Dory Smith Matwijkow"

This tribute was added by Donna Phelan on 23rd January 2011

"I remember spending Sunday afternoons swimming and skiing at the Jensen's house on East River. Bob was such a warm and caring man, husband and father. I hadn't seen him in years, but the pictures show he truly enjoyed his life and girls!! I am so sorry for your loss.
Donna Smith Phelan"

This tribute was added by Maggie Podeswik on 23rd January 2011

"What a great life and loving family! Bob was such a kind and warm man.  Lots of love to Cindy, Karen and Fran!!  

Love Maggie and family"

This tribute was added by Jay Rendahl on 23rd January 2011

"Bob was one of those people who inspired us  to live with more energy, vitality, and happiness. He seemed always able to look at the positive side of things. He was truly a man of action.
Bob would say "glad to know you" rather than "glad to meet you" giving you more a feeling of bonding that just a passive greeting.He was a true Viking; he never seemed tired of exploring."

This tribute was added by Sharon Hawkins on 23rd January 2011

"I will be forever grateful to Bob for giving the world my best friend Karen who shares her Dad's sense of adventure and joy for life that he lived every day. His love for his 3 "girls" was evident in his every look. I loved his smile,his passion, his kindness and all of that lives on in each one of us who were lucky enough to have known this wonderful man.
We are surrounding you with loving light"

This tribute was added by lauried muslow on 23rd January 2011

"What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.
My second family - you will now be watching over us
as our Guardian Angel and we are BLESSED for that.
Always a smile and always LOVE in his heart.
Thank you for being the light in our lifes and the smile you placed on our faces.  YOU ALWAYS DID YOUR

Laurie Dee"

This tribute was added by anne stromberg on 22nd January 2011


Karen, you were so blessed to have such a wonderful Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Cindy did a super job on the web page, loved all the pics.
Anne Stromberg"

This tribute was added by Steve "Rock" Dime on 22nd January 2011

"Bob was truly a special person. His love of life and family was such a joy to be part of.  I know of no one who lived life to the fullest more than Bob. Bob was living the life that most people half his age dream about doing. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Godspeed.

Maureen and Rock"

This tribute was added by Linda l Knight on 22nd January 2011

"What a sweet guy..... the very first time Karen brought Bob over to my home... he was willing and wanted to go up on my roof and check it out for me.... free. Not just a gentlemen but a gentle man..... Love to the family, Linda Knight"

This tribute was added by Paula Youngs on 22nd January 2011

"Ever since Dushane St in Kenmore, 1960, Bob has been a hero for me. Even these past few years with him in CA I have at least known he was there if he was needed.  Love you Fran, Cindy and Karen.  Bob is helping the angels now.

Paula Youngs"

This tribute was added by gene james on 21st January 2011

"Bob was a special person He loved life and loved his family .He was young at heart and lived young--skiing and riding his bike like a young man, when he was almost 80 years young.
He wil be missed by all who knew him.
Margaret and Gene James"

This tribute was added by fredrica nixon on 21st January 2011

"we will remember wonderful times spent boating and dining on Grand Island, Bob's sense of humor and his warm and kind presence, a man for all ages. . . .a devastating loss to his family.

Ricki and Nicki Nixon"

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