Herbert “Gumpy” Jensen

Herbert “Gumpy” Jensen

Herbert Jensen, 84, of San Andreas passed away peacefully at his home, June 19, 2019. A native of New York, Herb moved to California in 1961 and was a resident of San Andreas for 43 years.

Preceded in death by his parents Sigurd and Elisabeth (Schulte) Jensen. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Parsons) Jensen; children, Christian (Gayle) Jensen, Kristina (William) Shurbert, and Erik (Kelley) Jensen; grandchildren, Davis, Autumn (Luke), Jensen, Beau, Rosalie and Melissa; brother, Theodore Jensen; sister, Elizabeth Jensen; nephews, Erik and Andrew; many friends and neighbors.

Herbert was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Navy aboard the minesweeper U.S.S. Salute. After his time in the Navy, he went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Tau Beta Pi. 

Recruited by Caltrans Bridge Department, Herbert was the resident engineer for the Tuolumne River Bridge (James Robert Memorial Bridge) and Chief of Externally Financed Bridge Projects. 

Herbert lived a full life, enjoying hunting, fishing and family trips to Oregon for crabbing. He spent time with his grandchildren and traveling to visit distant relatives. A gardener, he grew fruits, vegetables and flowers. Reading, bird watching and researching genealogy rounded out his interests.

Contributions in his name can be made to: Achieve Kids, 1212 McGinness Ave, San Jose, CA 95127; or hospice of your choice.


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