Kenneth Gilbert Rustad(1940 - 2014)

Kenneth Gilbert Rustad passed away from this life on May 30, 2014, after a two-week illness. He was born to Kenneth George Rustad and Helen Emma Benjamin in Billings, Mont., on Dec. 17, 1940. His parents divorced when he was four years old and he spent the school year with his mom who taught school at various small-town Montana schools in his youth, settling in Choteau, Mont., during his teenage years. He spent his summers on his father's ranch near Baker, Mont., along with his step-mother Irene Nee Mendenhall; two step-brothers, Jim and Vern McCants; his half-sister, Thelma and half-brother Allen.
He started his college at Montana State and then transferred to the University of Montana, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1962. He served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1962 to 1964 and was then stationed with the U. S. Air Force at Eglin AFB in Florida from 1964 until 1969. He then pursued his Master's degree at the University of New Mexico from 1969 to 1971. Then he came to Farmington in 1971 to work at what is now known as ECHO the EOC, where he met the love of his life Sophia Lucille Irvin and married her on April 28, 1972. He ran EOC for several more years and then left to write books. On Nov. 13, 1979, his only child Rurik was born. He was briefly a part-time professor at San Juan College in the mid 1980s and became San Juan Green Party secretary for a few years around 2000.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sophia and step-brother Jim McCants. He is survived by his son Rurik; his half-sister, Thelma (Bill) Witt; half-brother Allen (Jan) Rustad and step-brother Vern McCants.
Cremation will take place and memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, with Bishop George Payne conducting. Inurnment will take place a later date in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Kenneth's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Funeral Home

Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 325-8688

Published in Farmington Daily Times from June 4 to June 14, 2014