Originally Published: April 12, 2011 7:47 p.m.
Kenneth R. Pimentel of Paulden, Ariz., went to be with Jesus on April 7, 2011. Ken was born Aug. 25, 1938, in Oakland, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and an infant daughter.
Ken was a devoted husband to Virginia, his sweetheart and wife of 54 years.
Ken served in the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he went to work at the Lawrence Livermore Lab - University of California, where he worked up through the ranks to become a superintendent, and retired after 30 years of service.
After moving to Arizona in 2000, Ken became involved in Horses with H.E.A.R.T., a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities, where he served for over 10 years as a volunteer, a board member, a Special Olympics equestrian coach, and a mentor. Ken freely gave of his time and resources to make sure the "kids" had the opportunity to ride and compete.
Besides Ginny and his HwH Kids, Ken's other loves were his horse Shadow, Jeep trips (especially to Monument Valley and Moab) and antique John Deere tractors.
A Celebration of Ken's Life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Grace Baptist Church in Chino Valley (Outer Loop Road and Highway 89) with a potluck luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his name to the Horses with H.E.A.R.T. Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 2427, Chino Valley, AZ 86323.
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