Paul Arthur Hensiek
Paul Arthur Hensiek
  • December 29, 1953 - January 6, 2018
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Paul Arthur Hensiek was born in Portland, Oregon to Robert A. Hensiek and Arlene R. Heincker Hensiek on December 29, 1953, and passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on January 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. In his early childhood, he also lived in Memphis, Tennessee, and moved to Phoenix in 1959. He married Sharla Amendt, the love of his life, June 7, 1975. Paul and Sharla were blessed with three children, and Paul was a devoted father. His faith and his family were the focus of his life. He coached little league and soccer teams, attended every possible game, concert and tournament, and found no greater joy than being with his children. He loved camping and hiking, and some of the family's best memories are those of camping trips where seemingly everything that could go wrong went wrong, but Dad was there to keep everyone safe during the adventure. Paul graduated from Grand Canyon College (now known as Grand Canyon University) in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He worked at Financial Guardian Insurance alongside his father until 1978, when he transitioned to a long and meaningful career with State Farm Insurance, first as an underwriter, then beginning in 1983, as an agent. He sought to serve his clients with the utmost professionalism and integrity. He completed CPCU, CLU, and ChFC designations, and was the recipient of a number of honors. He retired in December 2016. In 2010, Paul was diagnosed with Visual Variant Alzheimer's disease, but was always the epitome of a brave and godly man, even as his illness progressed and life became increasingly difficult. Ultimately, the disease took a very heavy toll. He was a member of Bethany Bible Church from 1989 to 2016 where he served as a Deacon, Elder, Church Treasurer and Enrichment Class leader. In 2017, he and Sharla attended Moon Valley Bible Church, a place that he loved despite his illness. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Brian Hensiek and sister Marcia Hensiek. He is survived by his wife, Sharla; sons, Jonathan Hensiek (Rachel) and David Hensiek (Sarah); daughter, Shauna Otte (Jonathan); ten grandchildren; and sister Laura Hensiek. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse or Hospice of the Valley. A Memorial Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022.