David William Jensen was born in Middletown, CT on September 30, 1941, to Isabel Krashan Jensen and Clarence T. H. Jensen. He passed away January 2, 2023, in Grand Junction, CO.
Dave attended Nathaniel White School and was a member of the first graduating class of Cromwell High School, graduating in 1959. During high school, Dave participated in the High School Band, playing the trumpet, appeared in numerous plays and sang in the choir. He was a member of the 1958 Connecticut All State Chorus. Dave loved music, playing the accordion and the piano.
Dave met his future wife, Judy (Andrew) and they were married in 1962. They have two children, Karen Elizabeth and David Thomas. During the 70's Dave was very active in the Connecticut Republicans and served as Connecticut State Chairman of the Young Republicans in 1970-71. Dave was an active member of the Cromwell, CT community, a member of the Cromwell Historical Society, the Middletown/Cromwell Ski Club, the Cromwell Young Republican Club, and the Cromwell Grenadiers Fife and Drum Corp.
Dave worked at Northeast Utilities and in 1975 became a very successful Realtor in the Connecticut area, before relocating to Naples, FL in 1990. He retired in 2011 and did extensive traveling with his wife and friends. They visited 25 European countries (some several times), and 43 of the 50 United States plus Puerto Rico. They moved to Grand Junction, CO in June 2017 to be close to family. At this point Dave's Neurologist in Colorado diagnosed Dave with PSP (Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy) a more advanced disease that is similar to Parkinsons. Dave moved into the Fountains Assisted Living facility on July 1, 2020, and then on 12/16/2022 he moved to LaVilla Grande Nursing Facility.
Dave leaves his wife Judith (Judy) Andrew Jensen of 60 years, daughter Karen of Grand Junction, CO, son David (tommy) and wife, Maria of Shelton, CT; granddaughter, Katie (Tim) of Grand Junction, CO, and Rachel (Brendon) Roben, Jessica, Fatima and Fernanda Fontes all of Shelton, CT; great-granddaughters Jordan and Madeline of Grand Junction, CO; and great-grandsons, Mason and Brody of Shelton, CT. He also leaves his brother, William (Fred) Stevens of Ormond Beach, FL and his sister-in-law, Sally Stevens, also of Ormond Beach, FL. He is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as close cousins and longtime friends from Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina and Texas.
Middletown Press - Jan. 5, 2023
This was written by Dave about 15 years ago
It is sad to learn of those in our class of 1959 who have passed away over the years. Most of us went to school in Cromwell from kindergarten to graduation so we were more like brothers and sisters than merely classmates, and there were only 75 in the class at graduation. I started school in the Northwest School on Coles Road, now a daycare center, and graduated in the first graduating class of our NEW Cromwell High School.
I was introduced to my wife of 45 years, Judy Andrews, in 1958, by my high school best friend John Pronsky, a fellow classmate. We lived in the Cromwell, Middletown area until we relocated to Naples, Florida in 1990.
We have two children, Karen who lives in Virginia and has one daughter Katie, and David Thomas, Tommy to us but Dave to all his friends, and his wife Maria who reside in Connecticut and has 4 daughters.
As many know, I've been a Realtor since the early '70's. I continue in my work efforts, now located in Naples as the Broker for Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc., located on the web at Premier-Properties.com
We are the leading upscale residential broker in Naples representing primarily multi-million dollar properties. Hard to relate to from my humble beginnings in Cromwell !
Judy, now retired for over two years from her career in banking, served in multiple positions from Branch Manager to Vice President. She continually encourages me to retire and I haven't reached that decision yet, but getting closer as the time goes by.
We've been fortunate to enjoy good health thus far and have managed to get some traveling under our belt. (Judy has GREAT plans for upcoming trips which we always enjoy.) We travel back to CT usually for family functions, weddings, graduations and of course funerals, but usually don't spend a lot of time in the area. Of course we MUST drive past some of our old haunts like past homes we've owned, Marino's Restaurant, the remains of O'Rourke's Diner and Hillside Dairy in East Hampton, the home of the "Wingding" ice cream treat, to name a few.
It is certainly interesting to see former classmates [on this reunion site] and how the years have treated them. I recall my mother's 40th class reunion and as I recall, I thought she was old. Since I am well beyond that I suppose I should give some consideration to my own standing, HOWEVER, since I have yet to age, at least in my own mind................! though from my picture you can see that I too have joined the follicly challenged hair club as have many of my former classmates.