Stephen Douglas Jencks
Stephen Douglas Jencks, 68 of Merrimack, NH passed away on February 12, 2021 after a long bout with cancer. Steve is predeceased by his parents, Stuart and Elizabeth Jencks. He leaves behind Wendy Jencks, his sister Karen Thrippleton (Roger) and brother Craig S. Jencks (Donna), plus four nieces Stacey Yiengst, Kelly Thrippleton Hunter, Heather Thrippleton and Kristin Thrippleton, and one nephew David S. Jencks.
Steve was born in Drexel Hill, PA, but grew up outside of Rochester NY where among many accomplishments went to the New York track finals as a 220 yd. finalist. Always interested in electronics, he went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a BSEE with honors. He was deeply interested and learned in many specialized fields of technology including electronics, biology, plating, electro-optics, computer science and overall system development. He was always an out-of-the-box thinker and this often led to many innovative technical solutions. This resulted in his working for many New England companies, often helping them solve their most pressing technological problems. Steve’s interests included scuba diving which took him to many places around the world including aboard the USS Odyssey for a prolonged study of whales. Other interests included woodworking and attending remote controlled model airplane events.
Besides constantly learning new technologies (he always had a technical book in his hands at night) his greatest satisfaction came from working with and mentoring his students including those at the Nashua Community College. He taught many pre-engineering courses and later a very successful and much in demand “Microelectronics Bootcamp”. In all situations he was a hard “drill instructor” that would not allow his students to fail, not only in their course work, but in life. He had many students come to him afterwards and tell him that he saved their lives by giving them the skills, knowledge and motivation they needed to obtain good paying jobs. These students are his legacy and his love and hopefully they will carry on where he left off.
A private service for immediate family members will be held in the future. A separate celebration of Steve’s life will be held this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.
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