County OKs naming ball fields after boy 9

first_imgA sports field complex in Hazel Dell will be named in memory of Luke Jensen, who was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2007 and died last May at the age of 9.The name “Luke Jensen Sports Park,” which was recommended in February by the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, was approved Tuesday by the Clark County Commissioners. Luke attended King’s Way Christian Schools, where his father, Steve, serves as a principal.The 20-acre sports field site sits on the north side of Northeast 78th Street, next to the schools.The advisory committee recommended the name after nearly 4,000 people voted on seven potential names. About 95 percent of the votes were in favor of naming the park after Luke.Commissioner Marc Boldt, who joined Commissioners Tom Mielke and Steve Stuart in approving the name, said after the meeting that the sports fields will be a great tribute.Boldt’s wife, Dawn, is one of Steve Jensen’s cousins, so Boldt knew Luke.“He was enthusiastic, and he enjoyed life,” Boldt said. During the young boy’s long illness, he remained thoughtful of others and was always appreciative when extended family and friends came to visit, Boldt said.last_img

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