Kenneth Wayne Hendricks
-- 1956 ~ 2011 --

Kenneth Wayne Hendricks age 54, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend, quietly passed from this life on Monday, March 21, 2011 after a 6 month battle with lung cancer. He approached his illness with a positive attitude and tried to help others in sharing his thoughts and experiences during this time.

He was born September 5, 1956 in Wenatchee, WA to Robert W. Hendricks and Joanne Schmaltz. He lived in Peshastin and Cashmere, WA during his growing up years. His family then moved to Vashon Island where he graduated from Vashon Island High School. His first job was working in the Grocery Store in Vashon and he loved it. He would tell stories about riding his motorcycle through the isles at night when they were restocking the shelves. At the age of 17 he joined the LDS church. He decided the only way to really change his life was to move to Utah. He loaded his tent and sleeping bag on his motorcycle and ended up in Draper, UT where a loving family took him in and loved and supported him while he earned money to serve a mission. He served in Frankfurt, Germany from 1975 to 1977.

On August 26, 1978 he married Kathleen Jeffery in the Provo Utah LDS Temple. They were blessed with three sons and one daughter. He was a wonderful husband and friend and worked hard. Taking care of his family was his first priority. He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA in 1983. This was the beginning of his lifelong love of learning. Later in 2009 he received his Masters of Computer Science from Utah State University. At the time of his death he had been accepted to the BYU Computer Science Doctorate Program. He was to have started in January 2011.

His ambition, competitive drive, and intellect served him well. After college he worked for a couple of different companies in Utah. Then in 1985 he moved his family to Denver, Colorado where he worked for Mountain Bell. He developed a software program that they use to this day. After the development was finished he started his own company, Capital Software and maintained this software for 23 years. He really enjoyed the associations he had with his clients and always worked hard for them. In 2002 he decided it was time to move to Highland, UT. It was a difficult transition but he finally made it and loved living close to the mountains and grew to love all the friends he made there.

He had a strong and enduring testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he loved serving. Some of his favorite callings were Scout Master, Seminary Teacher, and Bishop. He loved those that he served and always gave his all in his callings. Ken had a soft spot in his heart for those who were less fortunate than himself. He loved helping people and gave of himself whether they just needed a friend, help in their career, financial help or moral support. It was a big part of who he was. He was very talented and inspired everyone who knew him.

He had many interests, big ideas, plans for the future and loved trying new things. A gifted songwriter and musician, he had a passion for guitars from the time he learned to play when he was young. He enjoyed collecting guitars but especially loved playing and trying to perfect his talent. He loved playing in bands and started several in which he was able to express his musical talents. He cherished the lifelong friendships he made there. Being an avid reader, he could always be found with a book in his hands. He was a member of the Mormon History Association and especially loved early Mormon history and read every book he could on the subject. He also loved to hike and be in the outdoors. Southern Utah was a favorite place of his and he spent as much time there as he could. Ken’s greatest legacy is his family.

We will miss his sense of humor and spontaneity. He was proud of his children and loved them so much. He was a good example to them of love, service and dedication. He once said that of all the names he had ever been called Grandpa was his favorite. This was evident in the way he loved his grandsons. He gave of his time to play with them and whatever they wanted they got from him. Even if it meant their mothers didn't like it. He wanted to be the best grandpa he could be.

Ken is survived by his wife, Kathy, Highland, Utah. Sons, Kris (Ginna), Santa Fe, NM, Kelly (Lechelle), Kansas City, MO. Daughter, Kari (Aaron) Bryan, Spanish Fork, Ut. 7 Grandsons, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and his Mother, Joanne Ivins, Cashmere, WA. He is preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Roy Hendricks and his Step-Father, George Ivins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland West LDS Stake Center Chapel, 11605 North 6000 West, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Highland West Stake Center Chapel and also at an additional viewing at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Highland City Cemetery.

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