Those who knew Otto Jensen — the 101-year-old Burbank photographer who was struck and killed by a 91-year-old driver Tuesday night — were in a state of shock and mourning this week as they recalled a man who was as much a devoted volunteer as he was a friend.
Jensen, who moved to Burbank from New York in 1940, established his Olive Avenue studio across the street from the Joslyn Adult Center, where he often played pool and ate his lunch, said his friend Harry Fisher.
“He taught me to play pool,” Fisher said. “He taught me everything I know about that game.”
Fisher marveled at Jensen’s stamina, describing how he could play game after game without taking a break.
Jensen was also one of the two 100-year-old Grand Marshals for Burbank’s centennial celebration parade last year. Posted in the window of his studio are photos with city officials at his 100th birthday celebration.