SWEET – Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School students Karmen Kane, right, and Sophia Stark make chocolate-dipped strawberries Wednesday night during the Keet Family Night. Hundreds attended the event, which included a chili dinner, activities and heart-shaped cookies. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Sitkan Art Jensen Dies in Washington at 92

Arthur (Art) Jensen, 92, of Kent, Washington, died at home surrounded by his loving family on April 13, 2018.

Art Jensen

Art was born in San Bernardino, California, on Aug. 14, 1925, son of John and Lydia (Nielsen) Jensen.
He was a truck driver and a member of the National Guard in San Francisco, California, when he met the love of his life, Betty Carrol Rogers. They were married on July 18, 1947, and moved to San Mateo, California, where they had four beautiful daughters: Carrol, Nancy, Lynette and Donna.
Art got his journeyman carpenters certificate in 1947 and began his home building career. He fulfilled his dream of living in Alaska and moved his family to Anchorage in 1968.
Art was a custom home builder and a member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association from 1968 to 1983.
He loved hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors. Bowling was Art’s favorite pastime and he was a member of the Anchorage and Alaska State Bowling Associations.
In 1983, Art retired from construction, and moved to Sitka with his daughter Donna to open the Sitka Bowling Center and Lane 7 Snack Bar.
Art loved Sitka and all of his extended bowling family. In 2011, Art and Betty moved with their daughter Donna to Washington.
Art was preceded in death by his wife Betty and daughter Carrol Guest. He is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Ed) Yarmak of Anchorage, Lynette (John) Grenberg of Sumner, Washington, and Donna (Steve) Bezezekoff of Kent, Washington; son-in-law Bob Guest of Nebraska; grandchildren Robby and Denette Guest, Craig and Rina Yarmak, Derek, Blake and Colton Fairbanks, RJ Grenberg, Anna Massengill, Damien LaMar, Fairicy del Cid and Bill LaMar; and 29 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Art was cremated and his family celebrated his life by attending a Mariners baseball game.

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