Kenneth R. Fite, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather left us on Saturday, January 6, 2018. While we grieve for our loss, we rejoice for him. He is in Heaven. He died from complications caused by years of Alzheimer’s. We know that he is his true self now.
Ken was born in Planada, California in 1931. He met the love of his life, Dorothea Joan Coon, at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, CA. At the ages of 16 and 19, they were married. He enlisted in the Army, 11th Airborne Division. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
When his three year commitment was fulfilled he returned to CA with his wife. He attended San Jose State College on the GI Bill. He graduated with a degree in Business. His internship with IBM led to a fulfilling career. He worked for IBM for 30 years. While his faith and family always came ahead of his career, he was a devoted employee and quickly rose up the ladder into management. He moved his family to Hygiene, Colorado in 1966 when the IBM plant was built.
Ken and Dotti have three children: Karan, Kori and Kenneth David. Karan Clark (husband Scott, now deceased) has two sons. Aaron Clark married to Sarah with children Abbi, Zakk and Ben. Ryne Clark married to Kacey with a baby due in April. Kori is married to Mark Deines. They have three sons. Jonathan Light married Ellie with children Noah and a baby due in May. Shane Deines married Nikki with a son, Duke. Brandon Deines married Nicole. Kenneth David Fite married Irmak and they have three daughters and a son. Aubrey Fite is engaged to Greg Hegarty. Austin Fite is engaged to Madison Plank. Sibel Fite and Siena Fite are in college.
Ken was an active member at Calvary Church for many years. He was on the Deacon Board and Chairman of the Building Committee that built their Gay Street site. He ran 6 miles a day and ran in the Bolder Boulder race for over 25 years. His family joined him and the Memorial Day Race has become a family tradition.
After Ken retired he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them on trips. He wanted his wife to be with him as his constant companion. They made many friends over the years in Bible Studies, playing Bridge, Sequence and sharing meals. Ken and Dotti started attending Life Bridge Christian Church about 25 years ago. They made many friends there that have faithfully supported them through Ken’s declining health.
In lieu of flowers or if you would like to donate in honor of Ken, please support Youth Camp Scholarships at Life Bridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado.
Funeral service 10:00 AM Monday January 15, 2018 at LifeBridge Christian Church. Private family burial will be held. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.