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Burbank City Council adjourns in memory of 101-year-old photographer

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The Burbank City Council on Tuesday adjourned their meeting in memory of Otto Jensen, a long-time Burbank resident and photographer who died after he was struck by a vehicle last month.

The 101-year-old Jensen was a Denmark native and professional boxer when he fled the Nazi invasion in 1936, Mayor Dave Golonski said. Jensen settled in New York City when he was 25 and it was there that he met his wife.

In 1943, Jensen moved to California with his wife and young son, and established a photography studio across from the Joslyn Adult Center on Olive Avenue.


A long-time member of the YMCA and frequent visitor to the Joslyn Center, Jensen was also a long-distance runner and enjoyed playing pool, according to friends.

Jensen’s wife and son preceded him in death, and he is survived by a granddaughter, Golonski said. The mayor added that Jensen’s ashes will be scattered in Washington state, where the ashes of his wife and son were placed.

[For the Record: This corrects an earlier version that stated Jensen’s wife and son live in Washington state.]

“On behalf of the City Council and the entire Burbank community, our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were touched by the life of Otto Jensen,” Golonski said.



Friends of Otto Jensen express shock, sadness over his death

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