When Donald Jensen passed away this week, the Scandinavia Public Library lost a longtime supporter. Before the library addition was built in 2007, Donnie built wood shelves on wheels for children's materials, so that they could be used in the meeting room and easily moved out of the way on election days and other events. When it was time to plan the library addition, Donnie spent many hours deliberating different aspects of the functionality and feasibility of the addition. Donnie approached fundraising with his typical enthusiasm. During this time he could be found volunteering at Van Dyke's Fishboil Fundraiser for the library, selling raffle tickets, or promoting a bowling fundraiser at Silver Lake Lanes. While the addition was being added, Donnie was a frequent visitor and contributed hours of donated time, helping ensure that the job was well done.
Donnie and many others made the library addition possible without having to use governmental funds to do so. As library director, what was outstanding about Donnie's support is his long-term dedication, even after the excitement of the new addition turned to part of the daily routine. I could call Donnie for help on many projects, from hanging bulletin boards to making wood inserts for difficult wire shelves. He would bring his tools and expertise and he would make a two-person job feasible or a tough job easier. I wasn't looking forward to putting earth anchors in the rocky ground near the building, but Donnie made the work lighter. Donnie and I certainly didn't always have the same approach to a project, as he was much tidier, but that didn't keep him from helping out. Donnie was pleased to see shelves he installed in the library closet being put to good use, however I could see that he would have been happier if all of the supplies were off the floor!
Donald Jensen will be missed.
By Sue Vater Olsen