Per Hoelgaard Jensen, 76, of Chappell Hill, passed away September 10. Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 13, 1940, he was the son of Henning Hoelgaard Jensen and Ketty Jorgensen. Per studied to be a Konditorei (specialized pastry chef) in Demark and Switzerland before immigrating to the United States in 1958. After a few years of working as a pastry chef, Per joined the United States Air Force in 1960 where he honorably served, until 1964. After leaving the Air Force, Per continued to work in the food industry, specializing in baked goods. On December 30, 1961, Per married Charlyn A. Jensen and proudly became a United States citizen in 1963.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per is survived by his loving wife of almost 56 years, Charlyn A. (Forque) Jensen; son, Lance L. Jensen and wife Julianne, of New Jersey; daughter, Michelle Jensen Martin and husband Trey, of Houston; grandchildren, Lee Jensen, Karl Jensen, Tucker Martin, Parker Martin and Mary Ellen Martin; siblings, Greta Friska-Jensen and Ole H. Jensen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. Please include that the gift is in memory of Per Jensen and write Fund Designated by family (FDF). Website: www.mdanderson.org/tributes or www.mdanderson.org/gifts, when using the website please select the give in memory tab and then select Fund Designated by Family (FDF) by checking the box that says I would like to choose where my donation goes. If you need any assistance or would like for us to process the donation on your behalf please call 713-792-3450 or 1-800-525-5841.