Kenneth James Partoyan passed away suddenly on Jan 22, 2013. "Kenny" was a kind man, who gave generously of his time & talents to family & friend alike. He is survived by his loving sister, Karen Partoyan-Holleran & her husband Walt, his beloved niece & nephew, Carla Frances Holleran & William Kenneth Holleran. Kenny was born in San Francisco in 1947 to James & Evangeline Partoyan; his family relocated to San Bruno when he was ten, where he has lived since. Ken graduated from Crestmoor High School in 1966, & served in the U.S. Army (1st Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division) in Vietnam (Feb '68 - Sep '69); he was proud of the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) he received, but (in honor of his fallen friends) he refused the Purple Heart medal for serious wounds he received during combat. Ken worked in various trades, ultimately becoming a dedicated member of the Sprinkler Fitters Union (Local 483) for 33 yrs. Ken was a multitalented individual, proficient as a machinist, welder, & auto mechanic. He was able to repair or build nearly anything. He most-enjoyed being playful with his niece & nephew, & spending time on his land in the Sierra foothills, where he built a summer retreat. Like his father, Ken became an active member of St. John Armenian Church, where he felt a strong sense of community. Ken appreciated the excellent care he received from the SF & Palo Alto VA Medical Centers. His fun-loving & generous spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family may visit Tuesday Jan 29, from 6-9pm and are invited to attend the Vigil Service at 7pm at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY 500 Westlake Avenue Daly City. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday Jan 30, at 12:00 Noon at St. John Armenian Apostolic Church, 275 Olympia Way, SF. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to either St. John Armenian Church, or the
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 27, 2013