BENCH DEDICATED – Dick Kauffman of Alamo, California, left, takes a photo of a tiled bench dedicated to the memory of his son, Ryan Kauffman, during a ceremony at Sandy Beach Saturday afternoon. The bench created by California artist Susana Arias was placed with the help of Ryan Kauffman's friend and fellow surfer Rick Jarvill. Ryan, who died of brain cancer in 2015, made hundreds of friends during his 15 years in Sitka as an outdoor enthusiast, guide, youth mentor and health promoter. A cookbook, which he illustrated, with recipes made by Sitka community members during his illness is for sale at Old Harbor Books with funds raised going to support palliative care in Sitka. His widow, Kristen Green, and mother, Tina, helped unveil the bench Saturday. (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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