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Former Ferndale Police Chief and Fire Chief Lorne Jensen (1928-2019). Photo courtesy of the Jensen family.

Former Ferndale Fire Chief and Chief of Police remembered

FERNDALE, Wash. — The driveway outside Lorne Jensen’s Ferndale home was known to be frequently occupied by vehicles from the Ferndale Police Department, the Fire District, the local FBI office, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Border Patrol according to Jensen’s son and former Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen. “Dad knew them all and they knew dad.”

On Wednesday, December, 4th, Lorne Jensen passed away at age 91.

Jensen was born in Camrose, Alberta, Canada in 1928. He immigrated to the US at age 18 and was drafted into the US Army where he served in the 45th Thunderbirds during the Korean War.

Photo of former Ferndale Police Chief and Fire Chief Lorne Jensen (1928-2019) in his military uniform. Photo courtesy of the Jensen family.
Photo of former Ferndale Police Chief and Fire Chief Lorne Jensen (1928-2019) in his military uniform. Photo courtesy of the Jensen family.

Upon returning to Ferndale after the war, he worked as a school bus driver until being hired on at the Mobil Oil Refinery and then at the Georgia Pacific Mill in Bellingham. But he found his true calling, according to Gary, when he became a Ferndale Police officer and ultimately Ferndale’s Police Chief. He also became the first full-time Fire Chief for Fire District 7 and the City of Ferndale after serving as a volunteer firefighter for many years.

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Ferndale Mayor Carl Fischer is seen talking with Police Chief Lorne Jensen (1928-2019) in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of the Jensen family.
Ferndale Mayor Carl Fischer is seen talking with Police Chief Lorne Jensen (1928-2019) in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of the Jensen family.

Jensen’s wife, Madeline, served right by his side, dispatching police and fire calls right from their house, according to Gary.

Jensen also served on the Ferndale parks board and the Planning Commission. He was an honorary trustee of the Whatcom County Old Settlers Association.

At Jensen’s request, no services will be held.


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7 Comments

  1. Susan Cole Susan Cole December 6, 2019

    My condolences to the Jensen family. You certainly served this community well Chief Jensen. RIP

  2. Jim Petrie Jim Petrie December 6, 2019

    God love Chief Jensen. A life long public servant and a Ferndale icon. He will be truly missed.

  3. Alvina Olstead Alvina Olstead December 7, 2019

    Lost a wonderful human being. With empathy from Halvar and Alvina Olstead

  4. Al Saab Al Saab December 7, 2019

    Al Saab. To a great person and friend many memories my condolences to the family.

  5. Carol Bersch Carol Bersch December 7, 2019

    Hugs and prayers to the Jensen family. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Natalie Finkbonner Natalie Finkbonner December 7, 2019

    Praying for your family!!! Steve & Natalie Finkbonner

  7. Herb and Mona Porter. Herb and Mona Porter. December 8, 2019

    Our deepest condolences to the Jensen family. Lorne was a pillar of the Ferndale community. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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