As the family of Marcus Jensen we just wish to let the
SWT organization know how pleased we are that the annual team trophy has
been named in memory of Marcus. We would much rather he had gone on for
many years competing in your tournaments but we are proud and gratified
that you have seen fit to remember our son and brother in this manner.
With Marcus' sense of humour he might have said that this is the only way
he would get his name on that trophy.
Even when we lived in southern Alberta Marcus was
interested in fishing. We have a picture of him about seven years old
practicing his casting with his Canadian Tire rod and reel from the
trampoline. When we moved to Saskatchewan his interest in the sport
bloomed into a real passion. The SWAT tournaments he entered were always
a positive experience for him and he came home more committed to the sport
after each outing. We were always impressed by how he, as a rookie, was
accepted and made to feel like one of the group. After Marcus passed away
and we looked at his laptop computer most of the favorite sites on the
internet that he had bookmarked were fishing sites and fishing discussion
forums. It was fun and interesting to browse these forums to see what he
was talking about on there. It seemed he was just as full of questions
about fishing as he was about everything else when he was a youngster. It
was astonishing to us how Marcus' death was brought up on these forums,
the obituary was published and so many kind comments were made.
What I really want to emphasize in this note is how
well Marcus was treated as an amateur competitor in the SWT organization.
I am sure he will be remembered in different ways: the young fellow with
no end of questions; the guy who had epilepsy and had seizures in, I
think, three of his tournaments but was never made to feel awkward because
of these incidents; or maybe the quiet kid who just wanted to be out on
the water trying his best to win. Of course, the first pro he went out
with was Chris Kindraka and Marcus thought this was the way to live. We
heard an awful lot about spending his life as a tournament fisherman.
There is no doubt that if Marcus had gone on to live many more years he
would have remained an active and dedicated member of your group.
Being as proud of Marcus as we are, we think it is
fitting he has a fishing award named in his memory. He loved the sport,
he loved the competition and he really admired and respected the people he
became acquainted with through fishing. There wasn't much quit in Marcus;
he didn't let the epilepsy hold him back and his experiences with horses
here on the farm showed his true character. He always got back on even
after a rough ride. That part of his character pretty much came through
in most aspects of his life. Letters we received after his death from
students he went to university with were a real joy to read.
Once again, thanks to the Saskatchewan Walleye Trail
organization and its members for the happiness Marcus got from his
association with you and we know he would join us in wishing all of you
many great days on the water.
Barbara, Don, Micaela and Stephen Jensen
I don't think this merits article status but we would
somehow like the SWT to know how proud we are to see this award in Marcus'
name and that the internet address for that page has been e-mailed to
friends and family in Canada and Europe.
Thanks very much