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Kenneth C. Mack, 86, of Parker Colorado passed away peacefully at home on December 12, 2023, after nearly a decade long battle with dementia.
Ken was born on November 26,1937 to Frank and Josephine Mack in Los Angeles, California. He was the 2nd of four children, Shirley (Carter), Pat and Sheila (O’Cronin). The family resided in Southern California. At around the age of eleven the family moved to Catalina Island. When the boats would come into port Ken and his friends would be out in the water and dive for change that people would throw to them. At the age of 16, the family moved to La Canada. He attended St. Francis High School where he found his love for football. He was known as “King Kong” Mack. His coach was quoted saying “Mack truck is a mechanized terror on offense and defense”. He was also the squad's punter. After Graduating from St. Francis in 1955 he attended the University of Northern Arizona, then joined the Army in 1958 and was stationed in Germany for some time.
He then began his career with Chevrolet Motor Division in Los Angeles. While on business in San Francisco he was introduced to Elizabeth (Liz) Romero. Who could have known this chance meeting would lead to their being wed on December 9, 1965, and 58 years of marriage.
They had four children Carol, Stephen, Alissa, and Kenneth and resided in Southern California until 1985. During his tenure with Chevrolet he worked in Salt Lake City, Kansas City, and Denver, where he eventually retired in 1989. Never one to sit still, he continued with General Motors handling company audits, he also worked for a local Chevrolet dealer for a few more years doing inventory. He spent the last four working years with the Colorado Rockies doing security for players. That was a job he especially enjoyed as he was able to personally meet the baseball players and their families.
Ken enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He loved going on trips with the kids and grandchildren to many National Parks, visiting Europe, Mexico, and many other places.
He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed gardening, fishing, and horse racing. As a youth his father owned racehorses and ken had his own horse, “Joker”. Ken also enjoyed his peanut M&M’s and occasional vodka martini.
Ken is survived by his wife Liz, daughters Carol Cudworth (Art), Alissa Dickinson (Al), sons, Steve, and Kenny (Jennifer), Six grandchildren Steven, Kerrie, Kendra, Cole, Carlee, and Hannah and three great grandchildren Hayden, Quentin, and Penelope. He is also survived by his brother Pat (Sharon) and brother-in-law Chuck Carter. He will be missed by his family, friends, and the many others whose lives he has touched throughout the years.
Service will be held at St. Thomas More Parish on January 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM; reception immediately following the service at the parish from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. He will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 2:45 PM, Staging Area C.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory to The Alzheimer Foundation: alzfdn.org/donate/
The service will be lived streamed for those unable to attend. Please click on this link at the start of the service: https://youtube.com/live/vslYZj37gMI?feature=share You may need to refresh your browser to access live link.