Obituary: Michael Robert Jensen

Michael Robert Jensen, 55, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at his home in Oak Cliff, TX, after a hard-fought battle with ALS.

A native of Door County, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Jensen had lived in Dallas, TX, for more than 25 years. He worked as the head of security at the Nasher Sculpture Center. He loved classic cars and was a longtime member of Classic Chassis Car Club. After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School, Mike received his B.S. from U.W. Stout. He held various management positions until his tenure at Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.

Throughout his worsening condition, he continued his dignity offering a model of quiet courage. Mike was dedicated to his work of protecting the Nasher Art and visitors, leading his team in the challenging and the often contradictory work their job entailed.

Mike had an infectious smile, and loved to travel. His life was filled with the love of family, a passion for cars, and his beautiful Door County.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Edna Jensen and Robert and Marion Malzahn; his godmother, Donna Marx; his niece, Sarah Marie; his grandparents-in-law, Edgar and Nora Parks and Dallas and Mildred Kniskern, and his father-in-law, James William Parks.

He is survived by his husband and partner of more than 29 years, Jim Parks; parents, George and Peggy Jensen; sister, Monica (Jack) Hilbert; brother, Steve (Kay) Jensen; sister, Ann (Kevin) Schartner; sisters-in-law, Kathy, Mary (Doug), Anita (Glen), Patty (Linda); (Jim’s mother, Marion Parks); nieces and nephews, as well a large extended family and friends, including his Nasher Sculpture Center family and his Classic Chassis Car Club family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Nasher Sculpture Center educational program, attention Mike Jensen Memorial Fund, 2001 Flora St., Dallas, Texas 75201.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Bob Stegmann officiating.

Friends may call at the church Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.  until the time of Mass.

Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Jensen Family with arrangements. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at

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