Jeffrey Stephen Hensley passed away suddenly Saturday evening, July 20, 2013 at his home in Atascadero. He was 47.
Jeff was born Aug. 31, 1965 in Pasadena, the son of James Hugh and Marie Venne Hensley. He was raised in Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates and graduated from Rolling Hills High School. He attended Harbor Community College and graduated from California State University, Dominquez Hills with a degree in communications-television studies and a minor in journalism. He was very proud of his top honor award in the California Collegiate Student Media Festival for his film, “A Line in the Sand,” Best Documentary News Feature.
A resident of the Morro Bay and Central Coast area for the last 20 years, his professions included videography as well as the local bicycle industry, including ownership of Morro Bay Cyclery and professional mechanic positions at Neuvation Cycling and Cambria Bicycle Outfitters. He was very mechanical and always called himself a knucklehead. His interests included his extensive vinyl album collection, love of vintage motors and radios and being amongst nature, especially the locale of his last residence. His good nature, funny personality, quick wit, sense of humor and creative and innovative ideas will be missed. Jeff, being the kind-hearted soul that he was, was always a tireless, giving, and selfless volunteer to any person or situation. He was a member of the Cayucos Lions Club and thoroughly enjoyed giving back to the community. On Aug. 27, 2011 at a beautiful barn setting in Cayucos, Jeff married Brittany Jayne Keatts.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Brittany of Atascadero; his parents, James and Marie Hensley of Carlsbad; his sister, Leslie Hensley of Kirkland, Washington state; his son, James Hensley, 18, daughter, Emma Hensley, 15, and his children’s mother, Pamela Hensley all of Morro Bay; uncle and aunt Bill and Carol Venne of Windsor, Colo.; father- and mother-in-law, Ken and Katrina Keatts of Paso Robles and brother- and sister-in-law, Garrick and Tera Keatts of Denver. Jeff also leaves a huge circle of friends locally on the Central Coast and throughout California.
A private inurnment will be held at the Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery in Cayucos. A Celebration of Life was held at 4 p.m. Aug. 10, 2013 at Last Stage West Restaurant, 15050 Morro Road (Highway 41), in Atascadero.
Donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to the Cayucos Lion’s Club, P. O. Box 306, Cayucos, CA 93430. For the complete article see the 08-16-2013 issue.
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