Kenneth Dean Cavin II, 53, of Edmond, Okla., a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 16, 2005, at Edmond.

There will be a Celebration of Life service for him at 11 a.m. Thursday at Baggerley Funeral Home at Edmond.

Ken was born on May 31, 1951, at Baker City where he grew up and attended school. He was a 1969 Baker High School graduate.

He joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1969 and served his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then attended the Oregon Military Academy and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the Guard upon his graduation.

He commanded the Baker Guard unit. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant from the U.S. Army in 1980.

Ken married Donna Jackson in 1970 and they had two daughters: Desiree Stout and Ashley Cavin. Desi is married to Charles and the couple have two children, Preston and Chloe. Ashley is attending graduate school and is engaged to be married to Jason Thomas. Ken’s parents live in Oregon, and he was especially close to his mother-in-law, Nadine Jackson, of Edmond.

He also was very close to his father-in-law, Preston “Tex” Jackson, who died earlier. He also was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Hershel.

Ken worked for and was president of the Kempton Group for 15 years. Family members expressed appreciation for the kindness and friendship shown to Ken by the men and women in that organization.

He enjoyed golfing and traveling with his wife. He was especially proud of his two daughters and enjoyed and loved his two grandchildren.

“Ken will leave quite a void in the close-knit family, but we will rejoice that we were honored to know him and love him,” his family members said.

In addition to his wife’s side of the family, Kenny was survived by his mother and stepfather, Ray and Mary Morin of Ukiah; his father and stepmother, Norman and Hazel Hansen of Baker City; his sister, Debbie DeMastus, her husband, Jim, and children, Charley, Seth and Tabitha; his uncles, Buzz Howard and family of Rocklin, Calif., Ken Howard and family of Cool, Calif., and Bub Howard and his family of Brookings; and many other friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Chris and Laura Hansen; an uncle, George Hansen of Baker City; an aunt, Martha Queen of Pendleton; grandparents, Stub and Ruth Howard; and an uncle, Robert Howard of Smith River, Calif.

He was loved by all his family members. They will miss him.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 21, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor