Kenneth Avis
1935 - 2020
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Kenneth Eugene Avis
1935 ~ 2020
Kenneth Eugene Avis, 85, went peacefully surrounded with love to the other side of this life on Monday, June 22, 2020. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Avis. He is survived by his sweetheart, love of his life, and wife of nearly 60 years Deanna Duffin Avis; 4 children - Cindy Rainey (Steve), Brad Avis, Helen Barton, and Michelle Hallett (Nate); 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and loved ones. Before Ken and Deanna were married in the SLC temple on September 8, 1960, he served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After marriage, he graduated from the University of Utah and went on to work for Bank of America in Beverly Hills, CA. He also held positions at Walker Bank in Utah, as a civil servant for the United States Air Force in Utah and Germany, and finally for Salt Lake County as a personal property assessor. Ken loved his family above all else. He not only unconditionally loved his wife, children, and grandchildren; he loved his siblings, cousins, distant cousins, and his many nieces and nephews. The highlights of his life revolved around family gatherings. He loved spending time with any of his family for any length of time and for any reason. He will be remembered by his family as patient, understanding, loyal, loving, having a good sense of humor, as an adoring and doting husband, and for never giving up on his children. When Ken loved you, he had your back every time. Ken will be dearly missed. Memorial service to be held at a future unknown date. If you wish to honor Ken's memory, be kind, be gentle, love with your whole heart, be happy, and smile every day.

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Published in Deseret News from Jul. 4 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 12, 2020
Ken was a cousin that I didn't know I had until about 9 or 10 years ago. He spent time with my sister and I, complete strangers, but family. He was kind and sweet. He and his wife opened up there home so we could meet more relatives. I am sorry to see him go and sad that I didn't live close enough to get to know him better
Laura Anger-Gray
Family
July 10, 2020
Dear Deanna
So many years have gone by and I still remember when my baby was born and Ken laying his hands on my head to give me a blessing before we went to the hospital. What a good kind decent man he is. What a blessing to know that this is not the end but just a blink of a heavenly eye until we're again together. Please know that I hold his memory dear and hold you in my prayers.
Love,
Beth Rawlings Hill

Elizaabeth Hill
Friend
July 7, 2020
Deanna: We have treasured your and Ken's friendship for many years. It
is always hard to part, but we know we will all be together one day. We
love you and hope all will be well for you.
Reed and Judy Christiansen
Reed Christiansen
Friend
July 6, 2020
He was so good and gentle and patience with me. I had forgotten about the morning my father died. One time he reminded me when I was an adult. My grandma Gardner told me my father had died, collapsed on the floor and burst into tears. I dont remember anything after that. He said I showed up at their doorstep and when he answered it I said my daddys dead. I threw my arms around him and sobbed. It was Nov 28 1974. Thanksgiving Day. I dont know when I went home. No one knew were I was. But there home was a safe place. And to a child with ADHD and who knows what else was wrong with me, it was a wonderful place to go. Helen was a fantastic friend! I still miss her! Im so happy that get to see our loved ones on the other side! He is with Christy and his other family members who have passed.
Vicki Stewart Bowman
Neighbor
July 6, 2020
Dear Deanna,
I am so sorry to read of your great loss. May you be comforted and surrounded by angels to aid and comfort you. I will always remember you with love. Virginia
Virginia Ord
July 4, 2020
Dear Deanna, I am devastated to read about your sweet Ken. I am filled with sorrow. It was just one year ago I lost my husband and I know what the loss feels like. One day at a time, but it never passes. I thank Heavenly Father every day for the 45 years we had together and am waiting for the time when he comes to get me. The gospel is true. With sincere love, Donna
Donna (Douglas) Banks
Friend
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