Dr. Eric R. Jensen

December 7, 2013 • Obituaries


Jensen_EricMemorial services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for Eric Reinhard Jensen, 703 W. Mann Ave., Artesia, New Mexico.

Dr. Jensen, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.

Rev. Maurice Geldert, Vicar, will officiate at the services. Cremation is under direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. No visitation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 807 S. 10th St., Artesia, NM 88210.

Eric was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Ernest Alton Jensen and Elsa Minna Knop Jensen. [auth] He first came to Artesia in 1966 from Milwaukee, Wis.

On Sept. 7, 1950, he was married to Elaine M. “Abbe” Abendroth in Santa Fe. She preceded him in death April 24, 2001, while they resided in Florida.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado; master’s degree from the University of Denver; and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

He was a music educator whose career included choral teacher at Shorewood Public Schools in Milwaukee, Wisc., 1960-65; chairman of the Department of Music at the College of Artesia, 1965-68; dean at Milton College (WI), 1970-73; associate director of American School Foundation, Monterrey, Mexico, 1973-77; choral conductor Eunice (NM) Public Schools., 1977-78; faculty member at Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Fl., 1990-95; and taught private piano lessons. Eric also was a vice-president with American Home Security Life Ins. Co. from 1978-81.

He arranged, conducted and/or was pianist for many musical shows including: “Marriage of Figaro,” “Godspell,” “Amahl,” “Annie,” “Fidelio,” “Bye Bye, Birdie,” “Music Man,” “Babes in Arms,” “Li’l Abner,” “How to Succeed in Business” and “Calamity Jane.” Eric also authored several children’s piano books that incorporates a new methodology introducing new musicians to music through eye, hand and brain coordination. For more information and more about Eric, please visit

He was also a church musician; directing music at First United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Artesia; and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Las Cruces; and Ortega United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

Eric served as president of the Artesia Library Board, the Literacy Council of Artesia, and Friends of the Library in Las Cruces.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Jensen of Kingston, Wisc. Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at

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