Obituary Record

Soren S. (Sam) Jensen
Died on 9/17/2016


Omaha World Herald 25 Sept 2016


Jensen, Soren S. "Sam" Oct 30, 1935 - Sep 17, 2016 Longtime Omaha attorney and community leader Soren S. (Sam) Jensen, 80, died of natural causes on September 17, in Minneapolis, MN, where he had resided the last seven months. Sam was preceded in death in February by his wife of 26 years, Carmen (Patton), and his parents, Soren K. Jensen, a native of Blair, NE, and Frances Bradt Spelts Beck, originally of Ord, NE. Sam is survived by his son Soren R. Jensen (Sasha), son Eric Jensen (Joel Hoekstra), daughter Dana Jensen (Christopher Quam), all of Minneapolis, and his stepchildren, Christine Sennentz (John) of Minneapolis, Andrea Mitteis of Omaha, and Eric Patton (Stacia) of Playa Panama, Costa Rica. He leaves four grandchildren: Alexander Quam and Sadie, Samantha, and Saylor Jensen, all of Minneapolis; and four step-grandchildren: Zachary Sennentz of Minneapolis, and Blair, Rachael and Aaron Mitteis of Omaha. He is also survived by his sister Linda Jensen Smith and brother-in-law Charles L. (Andy) Smith, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH, and nieces, Mindy Smith Murphy of Tampa, FL, and Reagan Smith Knaus of Deerfield, IL. Born October 30, 1935, in Blair, NE, Sam spent his childhood in Grand Island, NE. In 1953, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where he was vice-president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, editor of "The Daily Nebraskan," student leader of Presby House, and a member of the Innocents Society. During college, and also law school, he was a reporter for "The Lincoln Journal." Following graduation in 1957, Sam served two years as a Captain, Infantry, in the U.S. Army Reserve. Sam married Marilyn Heck of California, MO, in 1958. The couple divorced in 1987. Sam graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln in 1961. During his career as an attorney, he was affiliated with various law firms, specializing in labor relations law. His civic involvements included the Rotary Club of Omaha, the Nebraska Postsecondary Coordinating Commission, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Republican Central Committee, the State Highway Commission Board of Directors, the University of Nebraska Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors, the Opera Omaha Board of Directors, and Boys Town. He was also involved in a number of Republican Party political campaigns. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held in Omaha on Saturday, October 22, at 3pm at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St., Omaha, NE, with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010, or Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Tributes and additional information available at:

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Printed in the Omaha World Herald on 9/25/2016