Joseph Kenneth (Ken) Cummins "Our Energizer Bunny" 1925 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011. Born June 15, 1925, in Salt Lake City to Joseph Ernest and Leola Horne Cummins. Married June 10, 1949, to Durrellene (Dee) May Dockstader who preceded him in death in 1956. Ken and Dee were sealed to each other and their children in 2006. Ken devoted his life and love to his children and his Heavenly Father, and his charitable heart to his friends. He was loved, respected, and admired by all who knew him. Ken served faithfully in every calling he was given in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, especially as a caring home teacher and welfare chairman. He was non-judgmental and forgiving; he exemplified a true Christ-like love for his fellow human beings. Integrity, charity, honor, truth, and valor are synonymous with how he lived his life. Besides supporting many charities and worthy causes, such as children in Africa, Ken most recently delivered "Meals on Wheels". Ken grew up in SLC, graduated from East High, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his BA and MA in Elementary Education and Administration at the U of U, and his PhD at UCLA. He taught school in Portland, Oregon, and in the SLC and Granite School Districts, became principal at South Kearns Elementary, then GSD's first "assistant principal", (Brockbank Jr. High). Often in the summers, Ken drove taxicabs or buses (Yellowstone Park Company, Trailways, and UTA). Ken loved to travel, and after retiring, he became a travel agent (Christopherson Travel). His most cherished place to visit and work was Yellowstone National Park where Ken spent six of his golden years as an employee of Hamilton Stores. He was a beloved member of the Intermountain Cadillac Club. Wherever he went, he made life-long friendships. Ken loved music, theater, chess, bowling, the St Louis Cardinals, and especially his "Runnin' Utes". The Crimson Club recognized Ken as their very first "Super Fan". Survived by his children Vicky (Dennis) Pettey, Tanya Cummins, Randy (Melanie) Cummins; grandchildren Denise, Andrew, Michelle, Alex, Danielle, Devin, Ava, Aiden; great-grandchildren Oakley, Treyden, Ellie; and sister Leonore Schouten. Ken was preceded in death by his wife Durrellene; parents; brothers George Cummins and Lawrence Cummins; and sister Opal Stroh. Funeral services will be held, Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:00 noon, Valley View 3rd Ward (4101 S. 1925 E., Holladay). Friends and family may visit Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. also at the church. Interment at Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please honor Ken's memory by giving service to others. Many thanks to those at the VA Hospital and CNS Hospice who so lovingly cared for Ken. Arrangements entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com.