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Kenneth Adon Vinall


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Kenneth Adon Vinall Obituary
Kenneth Adon Vinall, DDS passed away peacefully on September 15, 2014, in Tucson, AZ., after an extended illness. Ken was born in Tucumcari, NM, February 8, 1934, the third son of Delbert V. Vinall and Mary Frances Ham.
He attended public schools, graduating from Tucumcari High School in May 1953. In his senior year he served as Student Body President and was All-State in football. He received a football scholarship to Denver University where he played the 1953-54 season. He returned home to Tucumcari and worked for the Southern Pacific RR for the summer. This was one of the many jobs he had as he grew up. Ken married his childhood sweetheart, Gloria Wylene Johnston, on September 5, 1954, in the Trinity Baptist Church. The newlyweds headed to Waco, TX, where Ken attended Baylor University.
In 1956 he was accepted to Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas and graduated May, 1960, with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After graduation, he joined the Navy and, for two years, was stationed at USMCAS El Toro, CA. The family returned to Tucumcari where Ken set up his private practice in a new office at 501 South 2nd Street and became active in the local community. He served as President of the School Board, was a member of Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Board and FBO Elks, coached Little League and, emceed many civic events. He and Wylene were active in politics. Ken served a number of years on the NM State Board of Education Finance.
In 1973, Ken and Wylene moved with their three children to Tucson, AZ. After years of practicing dentistry, he started the Affiliated Dental Centers as a mechanism to provide affordable dentistry for more people. He was instrumental in the creation of Employers Dental Services and eventually merged his dental offices with EDS to form Dental-Net, Inc. He was particularly proud to have created jobs and careers for so many people. The company was sold in 1998 to The Principal Financial Group and is still positively benefiting the working person. He was proud and happy to be a dentist every day of his life.
After he retired, he taught in the Dental Hygiene Program at Pima College and at St. Elizabeth's of Hungary for as long as he was able. Ken was a voracious reader who spent a lot of time perusing the book stores. He was a jokester and a master at story and joke telling. He loved to barter in English or Spanish, enjoyed hiking and spending time with his family. Everyone he ever met has a Ken Vinall story to tell. For all of his life he called Tucumcari home. He loved to tell stories of growing up there and could tell you who lived in every house. He felt he grew up in a special time in a special place with friends and memories he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers; Jim and George Vinall, sister-in-law; Barbara, and his nephew; Marcus Wade Vinall.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years; Wylene, their children; Granger Vinall, Georganne Bryant (Tom) and Suzanne Vinall and his precious grandchildren; Granger II and Greer Vinall (mother, Betty Vinall), Aidy and Patrick Bryant, Kaci and Kenneth Lizarraga (father Cesar Lizarraga). He is also survived by sisters-in-law; June Vinall and Evalene Leigon, extended family and a bunch of delightful nieces and nephews.
He had a tremendous impact on all of the family and loved them deeply. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staffs of ComForcare, Carondelet Hospice and Casa de la Luz Hospice-Kanmar House.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be sent to St. Elizabeth's of Hungary, 140 West Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85705 or to Trinity Baptist Church in Tucumcari.
Plans for a memorial service and burial in Tucumcari are pending.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Nov. 19, 2014
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