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Kenneth D. Gray
February 5, 1940 - August 29, 2016
Watsonville
Kenneth David Gray passed away at Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola after his third battle with cancer.
Ken was born in Oakland, CA to Frank and Jenne Gray. His family lived in several locations within Northern California during his youth and settled in Watsonville. He graduated from Watsonville High School in 1957 and attended University of Nevada Reno, San Francisco State University and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Ken served in the Army National Guard of California, was appointed Reserve Commissioned Officer of the Army, rank Second Lieutenant. He was given an Honorable Discharge.
Ken met his childhood sweetheart Barbara Unruh through her brother Larry when she was 12 years old. They were married for 56 years.
He worked as an Accountant for Manuel Lawrence in Watsonville. Later, he worked at the University of California Santa Cruz as Campus Budget Officer. At Valley Packing Services/Inn Foods, he was Executive Vice President. In 1982, Ken and Barbara opened Gray's Hallmark in Watsonville and they eventually closed it after 15 successful years.
Most recently, Ken worked as Controller for Anderson Behel Body Shop in Santa Clara. His passion was also supporting people, so he learned to be a Life Coach and successfully consulted both people & organizations to maximize their full potential.
He was an active member of Holy Eucharist Catholic Community in Corralitos and was a Lector and appointed Chair of the Parish Council. Ken was devoted to charitable organizations. He served as State Director of the California Jaycees, Monterey Bay Coordinator of Make a Wish Foundation and was Past President of Christians in Commerce. He also was a member of Freedom Rotary.
Ken leaves his wife Barbara; sons Russell (Kathy Oliver) of Watsonville, Jeffery (Mark Frizzell) of San Francisco, Matthew (Melanie) Gray of Normal, IL; sister Donna Sargent of Watsonville, brother Bud Gray of Reno, brother Jon Gray (Carla) of La Porte, CA; sister June Ruttschow of Quincy, CA; Cathy Runyon of Lafayette, a brother-in-law, Larry Unruh of Concord; mother-in-law Estelle Unruh of Watsonville; grandchildren Cameron Gray of Concord, Claire Gray of Waterford, WI; Grace Gray of Normal, IL, Annie Gray of Normal, IL; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Frank & Jenne Gray, father-in law Paul Unruh, brother-in-law Bob Sargent, sister-in-law Vonda Gray, brother-in-law Tony Bailey and nephew Rocky Sargent.
A celebration of his life will be at Holy Eucharist Catholic Community in Corralitos this Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 am with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in Ken's name be made to the Make a Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area or Holy Eucharist Catholic Community.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sept. 1, 2016
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