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Ken Rand

Ken Rand 1946 ~ 2009 Ken "Media Man!" Rand "kicked the bucket," as he would say, April 21, 2009.Born July 19, 1946, in Spokane, WA, he lived in Port Chicago, CA, and Wyoming. His final years were spent in West Jordan, UT, where he died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Ken worked as a freelance writer, reporter, photographer, talk show host and producer, editor, actor, and announcer for sports events and daredevil shows. Ken wrote more than a hundred short stories, two hundred humor columns, and two dozen books. He's won numerous awards in writing, reporting, and photography, and mentored many budding writers. His most rewarding role in life was being a dad and grandpa. He took his tads and grandtads on wonderful adventures and loved each one with all his heart. His children include Molly (Loren), Mike (Leslie), and Missy (Randy). Ken's grandchildren are Taylor, Kristin, Alexander, Mikey, Chance, and Layson. In 1969, Ken asked Lynne to share life with him the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. They divorced five years later; but after a 19 year separation, they remarried in 1993. They are the perfect love story. Lynne took care of Ken lovingly day and night until his passing. Ken is survived by his wife, tads, and grandtads, sisters Phyllis, Judy, Peggy, Bev, Dee Dee, and Laurie, and by brother Chuck. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerry. The family would like to thank all those wonderful health workers and friends who have helped us. We will love and miss him. Friends are invited to a Departing Party on Saturday, April 25, at the home of Dave and Shelley Devey, 1867 West 10740 South, South Jordan, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at [email protected] We'll let dad have the final word: "Lighten Up."
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2009
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