Keith Allen Jensen – “Jolly”
09/06/1960 – 05/30/2018
Keith Jensen was called to heaven on May 30th, 2018 after a hard 4 ½ year fight with cancer.
He was born in Bemidji, MN on September 6, 1960 to Jens P. and Elisabeth M. Jensen. He was the youngest of four children. Keith graduated from Bemidji High School in 1978. After high school, he continued his education for 3 years at University of Minnesota Duluth and then 2 years at University of Minnesota in which he received his B.A. with Honors in Civil Engineering.
He moved to Helena, MT after graduation, where he took a job at Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA) as a civil engineer in 1983. He became president in 1998 and served for 19 years. He worked at RPA a total of 33 years.
Keith met Kerry (Christianson) Campbell and married January 19th, 2001 in Helena, MT.
Keith was an avid bow hunter and fisherman, which was one of the reasons he moved to Montana. He had an elk camp tradition of elk hunting with his life- long friends from Minnesota and Montana, every year for the past 32 years. With these friends and Kerry, he also enjoyed golfing, 4 wheeling, hiking, Vikings games, concerts (especially Bob Seger), fishing at Fort Peck Reservoir and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and his all-time favorite going to Costa Rica.
Keith has two daughters, Haley born in 1992 and Katie 1995, and Kerry has two children, Bailey Campbell born in 1989 and Cody Campbell 1991. As a father of four, he made it a priority to be present at all sports related activities for the kids. Keith loved to share his love for the outdoors with his family and taught his kids how to hunt, fish, and camp as well as to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Montana.
Keith was the most self-less, humble, positive, and uplifting man to all those who knew him. Even through his hard and long battle with cancer, he remained “Jolly”.
Keith is preceded in death by his father Jens P., his oldest brother Jens Jr., and his good friend Bob Deiley. He is survived by his wife Kerry of 16 years, children Haley (Lucas) Boshart, Katie Jensen, Bailey Campbell, Cody Campbell, and his grandson Axel Campbell; Mother Elisabeth Jensen, Mother and Father in-law Curt and Darlene Christianson, brother Carter (Bonnie) Jensen, sister Marla (Dave) Forsythe, sister in-law Kelly (Mitch) Anderson, brother in-law Kevin (Lisa) Christianson, several nieces and nephews, along with many life-long hunting/fishing friends and faithful companion Koda Bear, our sweet chocolate lab.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., with a reception to follow in the social hall of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601, or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Rd, Missoula, MT 59808. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Keith.