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Kenneth Alan Unitt(1958 - 2013)

Unitt, Kenneth Alan ESTES PARK, CO -- Kenneth Alan Unitt, of Estes Park, CO, passed away peacefully at his home on October 29, 2013, of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. He was 55. Ken was born in San Diego on July 11, 1958, to Jerry Jane and Philip H. Unitt, Jr. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Computer Science, from San Diego State University in 1980, and enjoyed a long career as a computer programmer and network administrator for the National Park Service. During his tenure at Rocky Mountain National Park, Ken was well known for his devotion to his work. His knowledge of computers was unparalleled, as were his mountaineering skills, which facilitated countless search and rescue efforts. Ken will especially be remembered for his love of climbing and all things outdoors. One of his personal achievements was having logged over 26 vertical miles during his many climbing expeditions to Yosemite National Park. His other outdoor pursuits included running, whitewater kayaking, and bicycling. When the San Diego River flooded in 1982-83, he ran it by kayak. Ken will also be remembered for his profound intelligence, his selfless, caring nature, and his wry wit. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Ken is survived by his brother Philip C. Unitt, and his mother Jerry J. Unitt, both of San Diego, and his loving wife LaShelle Lyman, of Estes Park, CO. A celebration of Ken's life will be held at Rocky Mountain National Park's Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on Monday, November 18, at 10 a.m. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent in lieu of flowers to The Access Fund, P.O. Box 17010, Boulder, CO 80308, an organization that promotes responsible rock climbing to which Ken contributed.


Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 7, 2013
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