Kenneth Burnell Jensen, aka Buck Jensen as he was know to his many friends and family, was born in Beaver, Ore. on March 10, 1942, to Kenneth (Hans) and Betty Jensen and sadly passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Pacific City, Ore.
Buck moved to Medford, while in high school, where his talent in sports began to shine. There he developed his lifelong work ethic, devotion and passion for sports and his love of the outdoors. His Medford High School baseball team won the State Championship in 1960. From Medford, Buck moved onto his beloved University of Oregon on a full-ride baseball scholarship. This further developed his skill and love of baseball, along with his overwhelming passion for the Oregon Ducks, as he proudly wore green and yellow. Eventually he traveled across the country into the Kansas City Athletics minor league baseball organization as a great catcher. Buck eventually married and settled down in Seattle, Wash., where he had a successful career in the dental supply business and raised his three children. His roots drew him back to Oregon where he spent time later in life in Medford, and eventually to Pacific City on the Oregon Coast where he created a new life and lifelong friends in this wonderful community.
Buck took great pride in his real estate career helping others see the greatest little beach town, Pacific City. Among the things in life Buck was best known for and when his smile was the widest, was his relationship with his children and grandchildren, his beloved Oregon Ducks, hunting, golf, and being at peace in the outdoors.
He will be fondly missed and is survived by three children, Christine Jensen-Kirby, of Oregon City, Jennifer Jensen-Shafer, of Dove Canyon, Calif., and John Kenneth Jensen, of Long Island, N.Y. Buck was also the proud grandfather to seven, Danielle Kirby, Erin Kirby, Nicole Kirby, Tiffany Shafer, Trevor Shafer, Jack Jensen and Luke Jensen. Buck will also be missed by his brother, Larry Jensen; two sisters, Charlotte Riley, and Cindy Arkenburg; as well many nephews and nieces.
A celebration of Bucks life will take place on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pelican Pub in Pacific City, Ore., 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive.