Randall Lee Jensen


Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007




Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Randall Lee Jensen died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at home. He was 54.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.

Mr. Jensen was born July 18, 1952, in Sacramento, Calif. He moved to Alaska with his family in 1959. The family homesteaded in Fairbanks. He later moved to Kodiak, where he met and fell in love with his wife, Mary L. Weakland.

They built a log cabin on the outskirts of town, where they began raising their children.

“After a successful career as the captain of a fishing boat, the family relocated to Soldotna in 1982 to raise their children. He later owned and operated a small business, R.J.’s Small Engine Repair Shop, touching the lives of many as they sought his services. He was always eager to talk to visitors and discuss the ways of the world,” his family said.

Randy was involved in the Soldotna Community Patrol and enjoyed kayaking, bike riding, camping, walking and metal work.

“He loved his kids and was very proud of them. We know he wanted to see the next stages of their lives. He was an amazing father, husband, son and friend to many. Even through a year of medical problems and complications from diabetes, he would always find a way to make us laugh. He was always happy to talk with friends and family and hear about their day. His laughter could fill a room and often did. He had an amazing way of bringing out a smile in anyone, even a stranger. His love for life and sense of humor will be missed tremendously. We are sure he will have a joke and a smile for everyone he meets along the way during his journey. We will love him always,” his family said.

Mr. Jensen was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Jensen; mother, Reba M. Jensen; and brother, Lynn Jensen.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary of Soldotna; daughter, Anya Jensen of Anchorage; son, Olin Jensen of Anchorage; cousins, Nona Rhodes of Anchorage, Donna Wilson and Ceceline Dunagan of Plano, Texas, and Robert Burlingame of Sacramento, Calif.; aunts, Marcene Dunagan of San Marcos, Texas, Vivian Burlingame of Sacramento and Betty and her husband, Chet Hillis of Landers, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be sent in his name to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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