OBITUARY: Longtime business owner & resident Donald William Jensen, 90
Longtime Burien business owner and resident, Donald William Jensen, 90, passed away at home on September 11, 2014 with his family by his side.
Don was born in Cabo, Montana to Godthard and Myrtle Jensen on June 24, 1924. He attended Renton High School and graduated in 1942. Following high school Don served his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Alaska.
He married Rose Eder in 1950, and together they enjoyed 45 years of marriage before her passing in 1995. Don was the “D” in R&D Plumbing in Burien, which was formed in 1964 when Highline Tin and Plumbing branched into two separate businesses. Don and Rose worked side by side, successfully operating R&D Plumbing Supplies for over 40 years until his retirement in 1998.
Don had a full life. He was an avid gardener, always creating his own fertilizers/potions that he was sure would result in a bumper crop of tomatoes, corn or beans. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Prior to Rose’s passing Don and Rose spent their retirement travelling the country in their RV. In the winter they could be found heading to Arizona with their friends.
Don is preceded in death by his sister Mildred Hendrickson, and brothers Thurlow, Eugene and Herman Jensen.
He is survived by his Daughter’s Rosalind (Robert) Street, Diana Teja, son Greg (Sue) Jensen, Friend/Caregiver Duane Osborne, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Special thanks to Diana Teja and Duane Osborne for taking care of Don night and day these past few years. Their 24 hour care and support allowed Don to spend his last days in his own home.
Funeral service and Internment will be held at Bonney-Watson, Washington Memorial Park (16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA), Saturday September 20th at 2PM. Viewing begins at 12P.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter, North Tower, 100 West Harrison Street, N200, Seattle, WA 98119.
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