Life is a journey. For some, the journey is long, while for others, their time comes much sooner
than expected. Nevertheless, the impact made is deep, the lives touched are many, and the
hearts that grieve come in multitudes.
Jonathan David Jensen was born, in Hood River on July 4th, 1983 to Ronald and Virginia
Jensen. He was the oldest of six siblings: Amanda, Michael, Alyssa, Anna, and Benjamin. Life
as children consisted of tree climbing, blackberry picking, fort building, and packing fruit together
at the family business, Produce Kountry. We loved intensely, fought wildly, and forgave
wholeheartedly. Jonathan was more than a brother…he was a friend, a confidant, a protector,
and our hero.
As a teen he was often found working at his parents business, mountain biking, playing soccer,
working on his trucks and hanging out with friends.
After graduating from Horizon Christian School in 2002, Jonathan became a sales
representative at his parents' company, Hood River Fruit & Produce, which later became
Columbia Food Service. Jonathan's loyalty to his parents was expressed through his dedication
to his father and mother, as he worked towards helping the business grow and thrive. His ability
to relate to others, to make one feel like they were the most important individual, and his loyalty
to his customers (who often became family), made him succeed and thrive not only as a
businessman but as a son, brother, friend, father, and husband.
Jonathan loved people. His love for people manifested itself through bringing people to the
table, regardless of their stories. Jonathan knew the language of food, which became his
language of love. Whether it was grilling in the backyard, spending days cooking for hundreds,
or finding the best use for hot sauce, one knew that the flavors that combined on their plate was
a creation of love that Jonathan was proud to share with all that came to his table.
Of all the things Jonathan loved, he loved his family most.. Jonathan left behind his beautiful
wife Rachel Jensen and his three sons Teig Jensen (14), Burke Jensen (12), and Moses Jensen
(6). Jonathan loved them each relentlessly and with tenderness. For many years, Jonathan was
a single dad, but he could often be found eating applesauce late at night on the kitchen floor
with Teig, his oldest, teaching him the critical skills of a successful donut in his Chevy truck. He
also loved playing Legos with Burke and building tree forts in the yard. Jonathan and Moses had
breakfast dates every Monday. Jonathan never forgot how to play; water fights, camping trips,
sledding, and Christmas tree hunting are a few of his sons' favorites.
Jonathan was happily married and passionately in love with his wife and soul mate Rachel
Jensen (26). Their lives were focused on loving one another, raising the boys, working
alongside one another, spending time with friends and family, and growing in their relationship
with God. Jonathan and Rachel were married January 12th, 2019 in the Dalles OR. The last
three years with his beautiful wife Rachel were the happiest of his life. Love is patient, love is
kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it keeps no record of wrongs ... love never fails.
Jonathan unexpectedly passed away on July 21st, 2019. Jonathan's presence on this earth will
be greatly missed. Our hope is found in eternity when we all will once again share his table in
the presence of the Lord, a place where good byes are no more.
In all things Jonathan was courageous, resilient, strong, compassionate, loyal, and loved
wholeheartedly. Among other things this is what he will be remembered for.
If Jonathan has touched your life, we his family would love to invite you to celebrate his life at 10:00AM on
August 11th, 2019 at Lewis and Clark State Park (2315 Terminal Ave The Dalles, OR 97058). A time of gathering and sharing will follow at Spooky's Restaurant (3320 W 6th Street The Dalles, Oregon). Interment will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.