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Fred Howard Jensen

Fred Howard Jensen

Dec 3, 1938-Jan 2, 2018


Fred Howard Jensen, 79, of Ontario, Oregon passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Nampa, Idaho with his family at his side. Fred was born to Peter and Helene Jensen on December 3, 1938 in Firth, Idaho. Fred was the youngest of nine children.

Fred’s family moved from Firth to Adrian, Oregon in 1939 where he was reared and attended school until he joined the Air Force in January, 1956. He served four years and was honorably discharged on December 10, 1959. He returned to Ontario where his parents were living at the time. He worked at Paul Jones Motors and Ore-Ida until he moved to Bakersfield, California where his brother, Ivan, lived. He worked on the Santa Fe Railroad until 1961 when he was laid off and returned to Ontario.

While waiting to be called back to work on the railroad, he accepted a job with Young Love Construction Company where he incurred injuries that he suffered from the rest of his life.

Fred met Sharon Wood after his discharge from the service and they married in August, 1964. Fred started college at TVCC that September and graduated with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Technology. During those years, he worked part time in the boat shop at The Outdoorsman. After Graduation, he moved from the boat shop to sales, sales manager, store manager and part owner.

When the original Outdoorsman closed, Fred went to work at Ontario Ford New Holland in the parts department and advanced to the parts department manager. He retired from there in 1998.

Fred enjoyed outdoors sports. He loved snow skiing, ran the ski shop at Hitt Mountain for The Outdoorsman, enjoyed boating, water skiing and camping. He was a certified scuba diver enjoying every dive that he made and looked forward to the next one. He taught the course and was involved with search recovery. He helped start co-ed softball in Ontario, was a team manager and played as long as his health would allow.

Fred was devoted to girl’s soccer because of his love for his goddaughter, Tennly Paul-Bowden. He never missed a game and helped with the practices. He was always there to set up the nets and get everything prepared for the games. He always had a car full of girls to drive around the valley for games and he loved every one of them.

Fred loved his large family and had many great stories to tell about the fun times that they had. Of course, his family has some very interesting stories about Fred as well.

Fred attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario and was a lifetime member of the Ontario Elks Lodge.

Fred is survived by his wife, Sharon, his brother Kenneth (Barbara) of Warden, Washington, his sister, Cora Jean Loucks of Pierce County, Washington, his sister-in-law, Jan of Piper City, Illinois, and numerous nieces, nephew and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John and Peter Ivan, sisters Ellen Smith, Gladys Kygar, Esther Klein, and Mary Lou Williams.

No services will be held at this time. A celebration for Life will be held at a later date.

Donations in Fred’s name can be made to the Ontario Feral Cat Project, P.O. Box 44, Ontario, OR 9791; The American Cancer Society, 375 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; or The American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford St., Ste. 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316. Donations to the Cancer Society and the Lung Association will be forwarded to our local area.

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Harold Gore, right, and his son, Brandon, try out the front lounge of the 2018 Sea Ray 320DA-0B at the 63rd annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show, also known as Houston Boat Show, at NRG Center on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Houston. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) less

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks to boat heroes Donald Watson, of north Houston, and Chris McMullen, of Trinity, at the 63rd annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show, also known as Houston Boat Show, at NRG Center on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Houston. Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston President Bob Johnson honored 18 Hurricane Harvey Boat Heroes who risked their lives or donated their boats rescuing others during the hurricane flood. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) less

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle

The Houston Boat Show paused to pay tribute to boat owners who risked their lives to rescue Houstonians from Harvey’s historic floodwaters and is serving as a first stop for some boat owners looking to replace vessels damaged in the hurricane.

More than 63,000 recreational boats worth about $655 million were damaged or destroyed in hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to preliminary estimates from the Boat Owners Association of The United States.

Sales have been steadily increasing in the weeks leading up to the 63rd annual boat show as people have started to move forward, said Jonathan Whitmire, general manager of Texas Marine.

“Insurance money is starting to come through and people are starting to replace their boats,” Whitmire said. “There were a lot of boats lost on Lake Conroe and Lake Houston in their slips. A lot of boats were totaled in that area.”

The more than week-long show opened Friday with a ceremony to honor 18 “Hurricane Harvey Boat Heroes,” people who took to the waters to help thousands of Houston-area residents during the storm. Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis were among those to turn out.

“When Hurricane Harvey hit, it became a situation that inspired many people who had boats and the ability to navigate dangerous waters to become heroes for people who needed help,” said Ken Lovell, president of the Houston Boat Show since 1988.

Whitmire, who oversees more than 100 employees and manages stores located in Conroe, Beaumont and Clear Lake, had eight employees lose their homes and belongings to flooding.

“Boats guys who have been doing this for a long time are almost a dying breed and we stick together when something happens,” Whitmire said. “All of our manufacturers made donations and we ended up raising over $30,000 for hurricane relief and to help our employees get back on their feet.”

The Houston Boat Show is Show is the largest indoor boat show in the U.S. and is open at NRG Center through Jan. 14. The show features all types of boats, as well as fishing gear, arts and crafts, camping gear, fishing and activities for kids and food vendors.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

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