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Kennard Powell Black Sr.

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Black, Kennard Powell Sr.
83 of Florence, Arizona, passed away on December 13, 2015. Black, Kennard Powell, (Sr.): e was born on August 28, 1929 in Cortez, Colorado, because as he often stated, "That's where his mother was." He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Jean L. Black, three children; Ken Jr., Kerrilyn Black Chesley and Ron Black. He has nine grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren all of whom love him. Kennard was raised in Blanding, Utah. In the fall of 1948, as the Korean Conflict was beginning to simmer, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a technician, stationed at the airbase in El Centro, California. It was while in the navy he married his wife Jean. Upon his discharge from the service, Kennard used the GI Bill to attend The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1957, he moved his young family to Scottsdale, Arizona where Motorola employed him at their GED plant at Granite Reef and McDowell. He worked for "Mother M" (his words) until he retired in 1994. While working at Motorola, he was very active in their Toastmasters Club. Upon retirement Kennard and Jean split their time between Scottsdale and the White Mountains of Arizona, later moving to Florence, summering in Show Low. In 1999 - 2000 Kennard and Jean served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Jackson, Mississippi Mission. Kennard spent his last years watching Fox News, reading, enjoying his family and grandchildren. He will be missed for his counsel and sense of humor. He dispensed both right up until he left to return home to our Heavenly Father. Funeral services will be held on December 19, 2015,10 am at the LDS Florence Ward. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 19, 2015
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