Kenneth Kirby Fones was born into his earthly home on July 15, 1941, in Washington, D.C. and entered into his heavenly home on October 15, 2010, when he lost his valiant fight against breast cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Madeline. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Genice; a daughter, Kimberly Thomas (Toby); a son, Craig (Donella); three grandchildren, Brianna Sauber (Michael), Dalton Thomas and Shaelyn Fones; his father, Kirby Fones; brother, Donald (Sylvia); sisters, Gayle Strickland (Bob), Marlene Harwell (Glen) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ken graduated from the University of Arizona in 1963 and taught in Anaheim, CA, where he and Genice were married. They moved to Tucson in 1964 where Ken started teaching and coaching tennis and football at Catalina High School. While at Catalina his tennis teams won five State Tennis Championships. He received his Master's Degree in 1967 and was a counselor at Tucson, Santa Rita and Sahuaro High Schools. While at Sahuaro, his girl's softball teams won four State Championships. Ken started Weed-Trol of Tucson as a part-time job in 1967 and went into fulltime employment when he retired from TUSD in 1993. One of Ken's brightest moments was when he was selected to be the Honorary Chairman for the 2010 So. Ariz.
. His desire was to make men aware that they could get breast cancer. Ken was a friend to many and a stranger to none. A Celebration of his life will be held at Palo Verde Church of Christ, 651 S. Kolb Rd., on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Because of his love for Hawaii and U of A sports, please feel free to wear a Hawaiian or a U of A Shirt. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the So. Ariz.
, 4574 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ, 85711, or the Ariz. Church of Christ Bible Camp, 651 S. Kolb Rd.,Tucson, AZ, 85710. Arrangements by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 31, 2010