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Kenneth Burton Kimball

03/08/1936 - 08/18/2019

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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend Kenneth Burton Kimball, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Born March 8, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Wilford W. and Ruth Burton Kimball. He grew up in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City, attended South High, and graduated from the University of Utah after a mission to Great Britain for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, then worked for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque for over 40 years.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Wilburn, in 1958, and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. Together they raised six children: Susan (Gregory) Chester, Linda (Grant) Vaughn, Mark (Kathy) Kimball, Colleen (Douglas) Pierce, Diane (David) Standing, and Scott (Tiera) Kimball. He is survived by his wife Patricia, six children, 29 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, sister Virginia Kimball Johnson, and brothers Franklin L. Kimball and W. Wayne Kimball, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ardith Kimball Delamare, and his son-in-law Gregory Chester.

After years of faithfully serving in his wards and stakes, he and his wife served a mission to New York New York South. He loved the years of working with her in the Albuquerque and Salt Lake City temples.

Always a perfectionist and craftsman, he was known for his fine woodworking projects. Many friends and neighbors have bowls, vases, or Christmas ornaments expertly turned on a lathe, often from wood from a fallen tree in their yard. He was humble, unassuming, patient, a friend to all, and a wonderful example. He will be missed greatly.

Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Saturday, August 24, at the Butler Hill Ward, 2695 E. Ft Union Blvd. Viewings will be held at the same location on Friday, August 23, from 6:30-8:00pm, and on Saturday, August 24, from 9:30-10:30am. Interment to follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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  • We are saddened to hear of the passing of our son-in-law David’s beloved grandpa. We send heartfelt condolences and desires for comfort and peace to all the family. May you feel our Savior’s loving arms around you as you endure this temporary separation.

    With Love ❤️
    Doug and Sharon Folland
    and Family

    — Doug and Sharon Folland Family
  • I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was everything you all said he was/is.

    My love to Pat and the rest of the family!!


    — Phoebe Stages
  • Dearest Kimball Family:

    May the Lord be with all of you at this time. I am forever grateful for the love and example your family showed me when I first learned of the Church in Albuquerque. Thank you for sharing the gospel by living it and for your kindness to me as an investigator and new convert. I still have and use the set of scriptures you gave me and appreciate Ken’s role in raising such good family. May you have peace and joy in remembering his life of faith.

    Jill Davis

    — Jill Davis

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