Former Board Chair, who contributed so much to JCIRA and our community.
Larry Jensen, JCIRA Board Chair
It is with profound sadness that the JCIRA board and community announce the passing of Larry Jensen. Larry joined JCIRA in 2018, following his move to Port Ludlow and retirement from the railroad industry and an early career as an assistant mathematics professor at Loyola University. Throughout his life, Larry exhibited unwavering compassion and a commitment to aiding others, particularly immigrants.
In Nebraska, Larry and his wife, Diane, served as sponsors for a Mexican family fleeing gang violence. Their extensive support facilitated the family's resettlement, continuing even after their move to Jefferson County, where Larry dedicated his time as a volunteer with JCIRA.
Larry served as co-chair and chair of JCIRA from January 2020 until October 2023. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in guiding JCIRA through significant expansion, culminating in the successful launch of the JCIRA Multicultural Center in Port Townsend.
We are deeply grateful for Larry's immense contributions to immigrants and our community. It is an honor to have known such an extraordinary person. His legacy will endure in the hearts of those he touched.
offering HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS
Computers are available to use for visitors to the multicultural center.
VISIT THE JCIRA MULTICULTURAL CENTER
Here is an excerpt from JCIRA's land acknowledgment, which also includes recognition of the contributions of immigrants and enslaved peoples.
"We acknowledge that these waters, mountains, valleys and shorelines are the traditional territory of the S’Klallam and Chemakum peoples. We honor the history of these indigenous peoples and their descendants . . . ."
See the entire statement here.