Jacob "Jake" David Sensenbaugh

20 May, 19978 January, 2021
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Jacob David (Jake) Sensenbaugh, 23, of Thornton, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on January 8, 2021.

Jake was born in Louisville, Colorado, on May 20, 1997 to David and Beth (Laffrenzen) Sensenbaugh, both formerly of Rochester. He was a 2015 graduate of Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colorado.

Jake was a compassionate, competitive, fun-loving spirit who will be missed by many. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, and CU Buffaloes. He loved his dogs Jasper, Moose, Chelsea and Daisy, and enjoyed countless trips to the Denver Zoo, Minnesota Zoo, and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. His life was full of many trips to the mountains and Minnesota to visit family and friends. He enjoyed attending sporting events, playing blackjack at the casinos, and fishing. Jake was an avid gamer and loved playing Pokemon GO and fantasy football. He was one of the original members of the Colorado Avalanche Little Av’s Sled Hockey Team, as hockey was one of his passions. He had the honor of being a member of Shjon Podein’s Team 25, and an ambassador for Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2007.

Jake is survived by his parents, Dave and Beth, and brother Justin; grandmothers Iris Sensenbaugh and Mary Laffrenzen; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jim Sensenbaugh and Wilbur Laffrenzen.

A Celebration of Life service for Jake was held on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. MDT at Summit of Peace Lutheran Church in Thornton, Colorado. A recorded video of the service is available on the Summit of Peace website at and Summit of Peace Facebook page. Interment took place at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Boulder, Colorado.

Memorial donations may be given to the Children’s Tumor Foundation at, or to Summit of Peace Lutheran Church, 4661 E. 136th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80602.

The Sensenbaugh family wishes to thank Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster, Colorado for the great care he has received over his lifetime.


  • Riley Beckerman, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Collins, Pallbearer
  • Noah Draper, Pallbearer
  • Tanner Mullican , Pallbearer
  • Daynen Laffrenzen , Pallbearer
  • Joshua Laffrenzen , Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Saturday, 16 January , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 16 January , 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, 16 January , 2021


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Mark Johnson

20 January 2021

I did not have a lot of opportunities to share time with Jake as we are friends with the Sensenbaugh family through mutual friends and live on opposite sides of town as well. However, the few times I got to spend with Jake were always enjoyable and he was always smiling and upbeat. One memory stands out: the Sensenbaughs and we were visiting a friend of ours in the hospital. Hockey season was approaching, and I foolishly thought to make small talk with Jake about the Avalanche. "How do you think the Avs will do this year, Jake?" What followed was was a 2 minute talent evaluation of the Avalanche roster, player by player (most of who I didn't know), that would rival anything one could get watching SportCenter on ESPN. When Jake was done, it was all I could do to reply, "Yeah.. I think they're going to be pretty good this year too." Jake has been and will always be an inspiration to me and my family (and many others I'm sure) for his positivity and passion in how he lived his life. He's the bravest person I've ever met, and likely the bravest person I will ever meet. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Beth, Dave, Justin, and all of Jake's family and friends.

Mark Johnson and family

Iris Sensenbaugh

16 January 2021

What a wonderful service and beautiful photo album for Jake today. Jake was so special. Although he had challenges, he always had a smile. He was very thoughtful of other people. He was my first grandchild, and I am so glad I had him in my family. I know he especially liked celebrating Christmas. A tribute to his family for raising him so well. God's blessings to all. --Grandma Iris

Ron Knight

16 January 2021

I never met you, but I have seen the lives you have impacted. You were only here a short while, but no doubt you were sent by God to show the best in this world. Thank you for being you. You will be missed by many.

Nate Roberts

15 January 2021

I was so blessed to have Jake in my U.S. History class. I loved his ornery sense of humor and the overall diligence he had when attacking his work. I never saw Jake give anything less than 100% in class nor with his friends. He was like a rockstar in the halls, and he always took time to acknowledge people and let them know he saw them. Im certain that alone made a difference in many more lives than we will ever know. I am honored to have met him.

Nikki Richmond

13 January 2021

Sensenbaugh Family,
I don't know what to say. Can't stop thinking about all of you and Jake. Please know that you are in my prayers and heart always.

Erik Peterson

12 January 2021

Jake was a very close friend of mine that I had met on xbox. I first met him 5 years ago and he immediately put a smile on my face every time without fail. He was very light hearted and was a great influence to everyone who knew him. He met and befriended hundreds of people from a group and nearly every single one of them can still remember him. I never got to play my big 1v1 against him but that doesn’t matter to me. I’m just happy I had the chance to know him. We’ll miss you, man.