Kenneth R. Laffin, 66, passed away on August 31, 2013. Ken was born July 31, 1947 in Everett, Washington and grew up in Snohomish, WA and Arlington, WA. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1965, earned his AA degree from Everett Junior College in 1967 and two BA degrees from Central Washington State College in 1969 and 1974. Ken served in the Army from 1969-1971. While in Vietnam he earned several awards including the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award. Ken went on to make many friends working for years in the drywall industry, and later retrained and worked as a hospital pharmacy technician at St. Joseph's in Bellingham, WA. He is survived by his parents, George and Carol Laffin of Arlington; his brother, George Laffin Jr. of Bremerton, WA; his sister, Bonnie Kredit of Arlington; his wife of 41 years, Judy Laffin of Marysville; his daughter, Dana Laffin; and son, Ryan Laffin, both of Marysville, WA. He also leaves behind countless close family members; and caring friends. He was a lover of golf, hunting, and finding a good deal. He dabbled in many hobbies including woodworking, stamp and coin collecting, and most recently Hot Wheels collecting. He had a particular dislike of the color blue. His love for, and loyalty to his family, his unmatched wit and charm, unparalleled work ethic, and authenticity will not be forgotten. A celebration of life open house will be held on Sunday September 22, 2013 from 1-4 at the home of Ken's dear friends, Dennis and Maxine Hanger at 8905 60th Dr. NE, Marysville, WA 98270. Please bring your photos and fond memories of Ken to share. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in honor of Ken, a 17-year liver transplant survivor, to Donate Life America at www.donatelife.net, or register as an organ donor yourself and encourage others to do the same.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22, 2013