Kenneth Craig Wells
Kenneth Craig Wells
February 8, 1946 - March 14, 2012
Resident of Santa Cruz
If you knew Kenneth, Ken, Kenny or in his younger years Craig Wells, you knew an extremely goofy, sensitive and loving man who lived for making others laugh and providing an understanding shoulder to lean on. This man had a different outlook on life than most. He treasured personal connections more than material things and put his family and friends before all other matters.
Ken was born in Eldora, Iowa to Kenneth and Mary Ann Wells. He was the eldest of two children, and leaves his sister Janet Gardner of Baldwin, Kansas, to cherish his memory.
The family moved around a lot when he was young from Indiana to Florida where he attended elementary and high school. He attended one year at the University of Florida before transferring to San Jose State University where he graduated with a Masters degree. Ken put down roots in San Jose and later Santa Cruz, California where he lived out the remainder of his life. He married Jan (Clifton) Passaro in 1975 whom he met at a beach party and the two were married for 9 years. They had two children: Loren Wells of Santa Cruz and Alanna Wells Minton of San Jose, CA.
Ken was a mail man for the United States Postal Service for 30 years and during his years of service he made many friends. He knew the customers on his route by name and always greeted them with a big warm smile. Ken was a great guy with many talents like one hand clapping. His trivia skills were unmatched and he loved social activities like billiards, bowling and horse shoes, where people would get together, laugh and enjoy themselves. He was also an avid reader, collector of art and made beautiful stained glass. Ken was by far the coolest Dad around and was present in his children's and their friend's lives when other parents were not. He listened; he cared, he wasn't afraid to give out hugs when needed. Ken Wells encountered many people in his life and touched the lives of many.
His family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Kindred in Santa Cruz for the care they provided him during the final years of his life.
There will be a celebration of his life held at 11:00am at Harvey West Park, Friendship picnic area on Sunday May 6th for all who would like to attend. For event information you may contact Alanna at [email protected] .com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association.Donation contact: Kathryn G. Whitford, kwhit [email protected]
Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 29, 2012.
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I, too, worked with Ken as a collector many years ago. I remember his easy smile and cheerful attitude. John and I will always be grateful to Ken and Jan for letting us "borrow" daughter Alana to be flower girl at our wedding--30 years ago next year! Though we lost track over the years, we still have fond memories of Ken.
Erlinda and John Estrada-Hogle
May 5, 2012
To The Wells Family,
I worked with your dad and mom as a collector years ago. Your dad was always with a smile for all of us. We had great times at work and out in the town. I am out of state but our wonderful Jeanie keeps me updated on all the goings on of all the gang - she sent me a picture of one of the visits she had with your dad and I was so glad to see him. My thoughts are with you all on his day of rememberance.
Judy Gauthier
May 5, 2012 were such a nice man...thanks for the Shiatsu massage (when you were 'in training') and your friendship when you were working in San Jose. Your sweet smile and spirit live on in the memory of all your many friends!
Lynda Martinez
May 5, 2012
Ahh man... Ken you are one of the kindest and most loving men Ive ever had the pleasure of knowing. Your infectious smile and "good times" attitude made a real difference in my life. You were a roommate, friend, shoulder, billards partner, and excellent play toy for my dog among so many other wonderful things. I will never forget the time we went to a local watering hole and I challenged some young punks to pool they asked who my partner was, I said the old guy sitting over there shaking. They smiled and said sure. Needless to said they owed us several beers before they knew they were getting hustled by "Kansas Ken." Thanks for all the wonderful time we spent together. I will always wear my us postal issued blue socks and sweater shirt with pride!
Love you ken-dog,
Troy Trede
May 1, 2012
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