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Kent Dondero

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Kent Steven Dondero

October 22,1938 - September 19, 2018

Ken passed away peacefully at his home of 50 years in San Rafael, Ca. surrounded by his family.
Ken was born in San Francisco, the second of five children, 2 brothers who proceeded him in death and 2 surviving sisters, to Edward and Dolly Dondero. He grew up in San Francisco, attended St. Cecilia elementary and graduated from Lincoln high school. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army. After receiving an early honorable discharge to continue his education, Ken enrolled in the University of San Francisco, where he graduated with a B.A. in Industrial Arts and Political Science. Receiving his secondary teaching credential, he taught high school in San Francisco for several years before he started his own business "Dondero Design". Ken was passionate about his work, designing and creating with perfection "Toys for Big Boys", custom cars, vintage, show cars, race cars, drag racing boats and metal art structures. He crewed and made custom repairs on sail boats as well as drove the 'A' altered race car and drag boat he built for himself.
Ken was an avid reader. He enjoyed reading biographies, political and sailing adventures. He loved a spirited debate and had a wicked sense of humor.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife Jan of 54 years, his devoted children Michael Dondero (Karen), Kristin Bennett, adored grandchildren, Stella, Reese and Lucas Bennett.
We would like to give a special thanks to Katherine, his loving niece, Luisa for her friendship and special care as well as Dan and Butch for weekly visits and lunch buddies.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Ken's Life, on October 20th 11:30 at Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael, Ca.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ken's name to .

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2018
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