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Kenneth Varon


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Kenneth Stewart Varon

Kenneth Stewart Varon passed away after a valiant battle with cancer in his Palos Verdes Estates home surrounded by family on April 17, 2015. Ken was born July 2, 1955, in Los Angeles, California to Helen and Victor Varon. He grew up in Westchester, attended Westchester High School and University High School. He attended Santa Monica City College and worked his way through school with odd jobs including building geodesic domes. He was a fan of visionary Buckminster Fuller. He graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a BS in chemistry. He was a huge fan of UCLA basketball and Coach John Wooden who was a major inspiration in his life.

As a teenager in the 1960s, he loved rock and roll music, particularly Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. He enjoyed playing his guitar with friends and family. Ken loved hiking, camping, backpacking and rock climbing in the Santa Monica Mountains, Chatsworth Hills but particularly in the Eastern Sierras. He explored much of the Sierra's major passes, lakes and summits, including Mt. Whitney in the footsteps of John Muir and Norman Clyde. In recent years, he was able to spend quality time with his family in Mammoth Lakes year round.

Ken joined Hughes Aircraft Company initially as a summer intern but progressed to a full-time engineer in 1978. As he built up his engineering experience with power electronics he also began to build his skills as a leader and became a program manager over numerous airborne radar programs for many years. His final years as a program manager were tirelessly dedicated to producing AESA radars for both domestic and foreign F15 fighter jets to rule the world's airspace. His career blessed him with many long-time friends. He retired from Raytheon after 30 years in August, 2011.

While living in Redondo Beach, Ken married Barbara McKibben on March 15, 1985, and they had two sons, Matthew and Daniel.

Kenneth was an avid runner, completing over 70 marathons with a personal best of 3:04. He competed in many Boston marathons and enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends in the Gardena Reebok Running Club. We will always seek his spirit on the road finishing "the Loop".

Ken's passion for Porsches began as a teenager at the Vasek Polak showroom in Hermosa Beach admiring their collection of racing cars. He owned several 356s, 911s, a GT3 and a Turbo S. He was an active member of Porsche Club of America, the 356 Registry, and volunteered for the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance. His passion for performance cars and motorsports is shared by his two sons.

His interests were varied and included wine tasting and stock market trading. His love of animals started with his first dog, Natasha, a beautiful and loyal Doberman Pincher. Later in life he found comfort in the beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Mammoth Lakes. He found strength from the 47 Ronin Story.

He is predeceased by his father, Victor, a World War II Air Force veteran. He is survived by his mother, Helen; his wife, Barbara; his son, Matthew and Matt's fiancé, Sarah; his son, Daniel; his brother, David and his wife, Sheryl; his sister, Sally and her husband, Michael Warner and his loving dog, Amber.

A private service is scheduled May 31, 2015. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Research Hospital are appreciated by the family. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 23, 2015
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