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Kenneth "Slim" Echols


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth "Slim" Echols Obituary
Kenneth Echols went to be with our Lord on December 19 2017. Born on December 5, 1927. A native of Amarillo, Texas Ken "Slim" Echols worked on his grandparents farm in the summer picking Cotton. He was a football star who played for the University of Montana and West Texas State. Drafted by the LA Rams he chose love and country and hung up his cleats to marry Betty Ann Sharp of McAllen, Texas and serve his country in the US Navy. Ken served in both the Pacific and Atlantic. His last eight years were at the Pentagon with the Defense Intelligence Agency. After 24 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Among his honors Ken received a letter of commendation for his Outstanding Performance during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After retirement Ken and Betty and their fourth child settled in Smithville Tennessee where he was a general manager of Four Seasons Resort and Marina for 11 years. They settled in Tucson in 1992 to grow old with their kids and raise emus. Ken was preceded in death by his wife Betty and son Joe. He is survived by his son Jason and two daughters Julie and Chella. Grandad was very proud of his 6 grandsons, one granddaughter and three great grandchildren and was blessed to have them all here in Arizona. Our Gentle Giant - to know him was to love him. The family invites friends to remember Ken at Oro Valley Country Club on December 28th from 5-7 pm. There will be a private interment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in January. In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider a donation to Fidelity Care Corner or Emblem Hospice.
Published in Tucson Local Media on Dec. 27, 2017
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