Obituaries — Jan. 18, 2023

Dean Sanders Kennedy

May 26, 1931-Jan. 3, 2023

After living life to the fullest, Dean Kennedy, 91, Sequim, Washington, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his Sinclair Place home, on the evening of Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Dean was born in South Bend, Indiana to parents Ken and Martha Kennedy on May 26, 1931, and grew up with one sibling, Bob (Robert) Kennedy. Dean loved to paint, collect coins and stamps, play golf, go camping and boating, watch his favorite sports teams, and always up for a good adventure. He and his wife, Noreen, loved to travel, and did as much of that as they could through their years together.

After completing high school, Dean attended and graduated from Texas A&M University. He was a devoted Aggie (as he told family and friends numerous times)! Dean proudly served in the US Army from September 11, 1953 to June 30, 1955.

He married Noreen Nancy Kevan in August 1952, and had two children—Kirk Kevan Kennedy and Karen Colleen Kennedy (Takagi). Dean’s job kept the family moving over the years from Texas to Ohio to Oklahoma to Washington. After a change in jobs, Dean and Noreen moved to California. They eventually purchased a walnut orchard, and worked hard to produce a successful business venture. After several years, they moved to sunny and beautiful Sequim to be closer to family.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Noreen and son Kirk. Dean is survived by his daughter Karen Takagi (and husband Robert Takagi); daughter-in-law Becki Kennedy; and his brother Bob Kennedy. He was a loving grandfather (Papa) to Kristin, Cynthia, Amanda and Jeffrey; and a blessed great-grandfather to Sarina, Kiajah, Austin and Noah.

A Celebration of Life is forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assured Hospice of Clallam County, who provided comfort care to Dean in his final days. Our many thanks to Sinclair Place Assisted Living for the years they provided care for him in a place that he loved and lived out his life; and to all his friends through the years. “Thanks for the memories”.

“Those we love don’t go away,

They walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved, still missed, and always dear.”

Jorita Fay Leeds Jensen

Jorita Jensen

Feb. 3, 1932 – Jan. 8, 2023

Jorita Fay Leeds Jensen passed away peacefully at home in Sequim, WA on January 8, 2023 at the age of 90.

Jorita was born February 3, 1932 in Decatur, IL to Ralph A. Leeds and Opal Standerfer Leeds. In her early years she lived in various small Illinois towns and Chicago, graduating from high school from Findlay, IL with the class of 1950. Jorita

married David J. Jensen in Elgin, IL on November 7, 1959. She was employed as a clerical worker at several offices. After more than 30 years in Elgin, IL she and her husband moved to Sequim, WA.

Mrs. Jensen enjoyed her family most of all, and was also an avid dog lover. She spent time sewing, doing handiwork, scrapbooking and searching genealogy. Some of her ancestors date back to the 1600s, serving in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. After moving to Sequim she also enjoyed hiking and gardening.

Mrs. Jensen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL and Faith Lutheran Church in Sequim, WA.

She was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and played in the handbell choir. She treasured her friends from her youth and adult life keeping in touch with many from the 40s and 50s. Mrs. Jensen had also been active serving Sequim Community Aid.

Surviving are two sons: David Christian Jensen (Diane Groth) of Murrayville, IL and Paul Jonathan Jensen (Andrea Evans) of Allyn WA: grandchildren Douglas, Nicholas, Abigail and Ethan, 4 great-grandchildren, a brother, Den W. Leeds (Marilyn Ruby) of Texas, and a niece Rebekah Edwards of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Benjamin Leeds.

A Memorial Service for Jorita Jensen will be Friday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Sequim.

Mitchel Larson

Mitchel Larson of Sequim died Dec. 15, 2022. He was 75.

Larson was born Aug. 28, 1947.

He his survived by sisters Anna Ferguson and Mavis Olson, brother Eugene Larson and many longtime friends.

Linde-Price Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.