Kendall “Ken” Jenkins, a 16-year resident of Colville, passed away on March 29, 2013 in Colville at the age of 80. He was born on October 15, 1932 in San Jose, CA the son of Charles Douglas and Clara Eugenia (Grensted) Jenkins.
As a young boy, Ken moved with his family to Sacramento, CA. There he attended school and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1950. He then moved to San Luis Obispo, CA where he entered the Agricultural Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University. Ken supported his education by working at local ranches.
While attending a dance, he was introduced to Nancy Pauline Holman. Ken convinced Nancy, the sweetheart of his life, to marry him when he was a penniless college student and she was still a senior in high school. They were wed on July 10, 1952, which began a long series of adventures. Ken was inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 9, 1954 and was sent to Ft. Sill, OK where he served as an Artillery Instructor. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 8, 1955. He returned to California with his growing family where he began as a junior engineer for the California State Dept. of Transportation. In 1957 he transferred to the Department of Water Resources as a lab soils engineer, testing soils for the Whale Rock Dam and surveying the Lopez Reservoir. Ken then became the harbor engineer at Moro Bay and harbor manager at Port San Luis, CA. Ken oversaw pier reconstructions at Port San Luis and Avila Beach following historic storm damage. Perhaps his most meaningful construction work was as the volunteer project coordinator of a 930’ foot-bridge to protect endangered species at Oso Flaco Dunes Lake which required three years of weekends to complete. In 1996, Ken and Nancy moved from Santa Marie, CA to Oregon City, OR. They resided in Oregon City for one year and then relocated to Colville. While in Colville, Ken worked with his son, Maurice in a metal fabrication business. Ken and Nancy then branched into the real estate business together working for Century 21 for five years, retiring in 2010. In 2012, Ken began an aggressive battle against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, which was nothing less than courageous.
As a young man, Ken had a love for horses and he worked in the local stables to support his participation in the game of Polo and numerous gymkhana rides. Ken and Nancy’s life together was filled with adventure. Their adventures began in the sea, with sail boating and the formation of the Moro Bay Yacht Club and later turned to the skies with flight lessons, multiple pilot certifications and several cross country trips. Ken also dabbled in cross country skiing and an assortment of used Willy's jeeps. He loved to build things and fix things that were broken. His work was always meticulous and his approach was focused. He gave his heart to his family as a passionate husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers – Charley and Bill and his grandson, Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy, at the home; daughter, Kathleen Haynie and her husband, Mark, Oregon City, OR; son, Maurice Jenkins and his wife, Linda, Shelton, WA, twelve grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mr. Kendall “Ken” Jenkins, will begin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Arden Hall in Arden. Pastor Maurice Jenkins will officiate the service for his father. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.