Mr. Jensen was born Nov. 15, 1929, in Copenhagen. In 1954, he came to the United States, where he began his career in footwear manufacturing with Wellco Enterprises of Waynesville, N.C. His early career establishing new plants and training employees carried him throughout Europe and the Middle East to South America and the West Indies. He eventually settled in Brunswick/St. Simons Island with his family, where he served as president and CEO of Altama Delta Corp. in Darien from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. Altama Delta Corp. was one of only four footwear companies in the United States that primarily manufactured military footwear for government defense contracts. Though always proud of his Danish heritage, Jensen became a naturalized American citizen in 1976. He was a well respected businessman, husband, father and grandfather.
After his retirement in 1992, Jensen shared time between his homes on St. Simons Island, eventually Florida and the mountains of Northeast Georgia in Sky Valley. An avid golfer through the years, he also enjoyed world travel and visiting his family and friends in Scandinavia. He was an accomplished videographer who immortalized his travel adventures and special times and events with family and friends for all to enjoy. In 2004, Mr. Jensen made Sky Valley his permanent year-round residence. In addition to golf, he took great pleasure in socializing with friends, the peacefulness of mountain views from his home, flower and herb gardening and the joys of bird watching.
A kind, caring and selfless man, he also donated his time charitably as a driver for the Roads to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society as well as supporting programs and events benefitting the Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund for Rabun County. As a victim of cancer himself he acknowledged the importance of those efforts.
He was preceded in death by: his father and mother, Sven and Edith Jensen; a sister, Jytte Johansson; and his first wife, Birthe C. Jensen, all formerly of Copenhagen.
Survivors include: his wife of 28 years, Paula; a son Carsten (Ulla) Jensen of Stockholm; a daughter, Belinda (Ron) Matonak of Marietta; three grandchildren, Susanna, Annicka and Alexander Jensen, all of Stockholm; a brother-in-law, Flemming Johansson of Copenhagen; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 485, Rabun Gap, GA 30568.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.