By George Miller
Local Port Hueneme civic activist and resident Jim Hensley recently passed away, on July 8, 2019, after a series of long illnesses. He was a Port Hueneme former councilmember and activist for multiple causes, especially adding lifeguards, crossing guards and teaching people to swim (“Waterproofing Kids, Inc “). People always knew where they stood with Jim and they knew where he stood on the issues. He did everything with passion.
He was a Past Deputy District Director – League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Army recruiting officer trainer and published an area events bulletin. He was known to some as “Master Sergeant.”
Activities and Societies: Alaska Communication System-Washington Alaska Military Cable And Telegraph System -ACS-WAMCATS; National Convention Coordinator and Publisher. Executive Director Waterproofing Kids [non-profit] Past President of the Greater Oxnard Democratic Club, former Vice President of the Channel Islands Beach Community Service District Board of Directors, Sierra Club activist/member, Ventura Coast keeper/Wishtoyo Foundation, Member of the Working Blue Democratic Club and Malibu Democratic Club.
Jim studied educational psychology at the University of Alaska. He said he was a lineman when he lived there.
He is survived by two children, Jason & Greg, daughter-in-law Jolinn and grandson, Austin.
Friday, July 12 funeral arrangements appear below.
Funeral service arrangements for James F. Hensley:
George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard
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Jim Hensley was a fine man. He was a great representative of the City of Port Hueneme. I met Jim in 2018 representing a group that was opposed to the Hotel project…Jim was respectful, took time to listen to me…
During those meetings I learned he really cared about the City, his fellow citizens…I was very impressed with how he stood up for the less fortunate elderly citizens in Port Hueneme – making sure they had a voice.
Jim was on call working all the time…he really enjoyed being a City Council member…
We lost a good guy and excellent citizen in Port Hueneme.
I will miss seeing him in front of Anacapacino.
Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Jim fulfilled his promises to his constituency more than any local elected official. He helped folks who were on the fringes and gave them a voice; he really worked for the people of Pt. Hueneme
My experience with the late, great Retired Master Sargent Hensley was that he cared and worked fourteen hour days seven days a week to fight for what he believed was right. He was everywhere typically attending numerous meetings on a daily basis into his eightieth year and challenging the status quo, for which he paid a big personal price. He shook-up the old guard and they set-out to destroy him. He was a man of the people and many, many elderly folks, people with disabilities, and even children will remember him for his honesty, energy, professional follow-through, and in no small way, his integrity.