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Kenneth Wayne DeVore

Born: 1/15/1948, Burbank, California
Death: 11/26/2015, Moab, Utah
Service: Pending

Kenneth (Ken) Wayne DeVore was born Jan. 15, 1948 to Frank Wayne DeVore and Priscilla (Pat) Irwin in Burbank, California. He passed away Nov. 26, 2015 at Moab Regional Hospital.

Frank was in the U.S. Army so the family moved around until finally settling in San Diego, California. Ken attended Mission Bay High School, where he met and married his high school sweetheart Pamela Tipton in June 1966 and they were married 49 years. They moved to the Los Angeles, California, area shortly after high school and had two children before moving to Utah.

They became the houseboat managers in 1975 for Aqua Cruz Houseboat Rentals at Halls Crossing, Lake Powell, starting with six houseboats and eventually managing 50 houseboats before leaving for Moab, Utah, and settling in Castle Valley in 1979.

Ken had an engineering background and went to work for Royce’s Electronics doing mountain top work on cell towers. He was also a great boatman and worked for various companies until he bought his own river company (Descent River Expeditions) with his best friend, Robert Deglas. He then started a very successful solar business, which he was very knowledgeable and passionate about.

Ken is survived by his wife, Pam DeVore; son, Donn (Shellee) DeVore; daughter, Kristi Taylor (Lance Masterson); sisters, Linda (Daryl) Moore, Nancy (Bill) Barge; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Donn DeVore.

Ken spent time in Panama since his father was in the Army. He learned a love for the water and living in San Diego helped the salt water to run through his blood, along with not wanting to wear shoes! He surfed, scuba dived for Jacques Cousteau, water skied the L.A. to Catalina race, and would skip school from Mission Bay High School to walk down to the beach with his high school sweetheart (which was just a hundred feet away). He played football, baseball, wrestled, and was state champion in gymnastics in 1964.

He golfed with John Hadl, the former quarterback of the San Diego Chargers. He loved to always be doing something or having a project. Ken got this from his father (an architect for Beverly Hills) and his granddad (who had an automotive shop, worked on model A’s and T’s, along with wood, metal, and rock work). He passed this craftsmanship on to his family.

His love for the water, camping, finding a dirt road to nowhere, is a lost art and again he passed on the love for water, outdoors, and an adventure. He loved taking his family out into the wilderness to enjoy his family but also teach the excitement of seeing and feeling what this planet called earth is all about. If Ken could find a dirt road to get from point A to B that would take four days instead of four hours via the highway, he was on it! He would then share it with his family or hear from his family about another one that takes eight days and he would soon start down that road! He loved the river and his Grand Canyon trips were legendary!

We do not know what we will miss more about him, exploring with him, talking about places we explored together, talking about places we have explored without him (to see if he knew about it), or talking about places we are going together again, or new places.

Ken loved NASCAR, drag racing, football games, and just anything in life. He loved his family, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. But most of all we all loved him. We would invent things to do, places to go, or just make an adventure out of “hunkering down” watching a good movie by the fire. As he would say, “And there we were...” We also called ourselves “The Farkle Family.”

His friends were so special to him as well. What a lucky man to have been liked by so many. I know he loved all of his friends and thought of them as family. They all made such a mark on him and we hope he did the same. He would have done anything for anyone.

The family will have a celebration of life in January 2016. Notice to follow with date and place. Ken will be truly missed by all family and friends.

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