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Kenyon Evan Kemp

May 18, 1929 - Unknown

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Kenyon "Ken" Kemp was born in Pasadena CA May 18 1929 to Kenneth and Dora Kemp and died September 5, 2017. The family moved to Long Beach California soon after his birth where he attended school through Jr. college. He graduated from UC Berkeley becoming a geologist. He prospected in the Nevada desert with his WWII surplus Willis Jeep and dog Lady but ran out of money, so went to work in a café where he met LaVerne who was divorced and had three children. Kenyon fell in love with LaVerne and all three of...

Kenyon "Ken" Kemp was born in Pasadena CA May 18 1929 to Kenneth and Dora Kemp and died September 5, 2017. The family moved to Long Beach California soon after his birth where he attended school through Jr. college. He graduated from UC Berkeley becoming a geologist. He prospected in the Nevada desert with his WWII surplus Willis Jeep and dog Lady but ran out of money, so went to work in a café where he met LaVerne who was divorced and had three children. Kenyon fell in love with LaVerne and all three of her children. He took them on a picnic at Mt. Charleston where he proposed to LaVerne and asked the two older children permission to be their dad which pleased them joyfully. His father was not too pleased and rushed from Long Beach to Las Vegas. He took Ken aside and told him "are you out of your mind? You would marry a lady with three children and you don't even have a decent job?" Yet marry they did on July 28, 1956 and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. His three adopted children welcomed one brother in 1962. Kenyon took one of LaVerne's younger brothers, Tommy Slaughter, under his wing when her mother passed away. Kenyon not only found a job, he built a business called Geo-Hydro-Date Inc. which provided several others with good water well logging jobs. The business kept employees traveling throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona with Kenyon spending several months in Puerto Rico. LaVerne kept the office running while Kenyon took care of the field work. He was always busy designing or inventing something or solving some crazy problem. He spent a lot of time designing a pipeline system off the coast under the ocean to bring fresh water from the Columbia River south to California. Millions of gallons of fresh water are dumped into the ocean there. He felt it could solve California's need for water. He printed and mailed packages of it to all state and federal officials with no replies. Kenyon and LaVerne closed the business and retired in 2002. Late he volunteered to become a tour guide at the Tehachapi Railroad Museum which was the joy of his life and where he met the greatest friends of all time. He was a member of the "Friends of Tehachapi Depot" (FOTD), the Tehachapi Moose Lodge and a life time member of the California Groundwater Association. (CGA) Kenyon was preceded in death by his son Thomas Kemp, an infant grandson, Brian Wehunt, his parents Kenneth and Dora and only sibling, brother William J Tobias. he is survived by his wife LaVerne at their Tehachapi home, his daughters Pamela Wehunt of California City, Karen Gunter of Tehacahpi and son Kelley Kemp and his wife Rebecca of Bakersfield. His grandchildren Jamie Valdez, Jody Wehunt, Becky Reynolds, Crystal Gunter, and Samantha Kemp. Eighteen (18) great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, fourteen nieces and seven nephews. Funeral services will be at Hillcrest Mortuary in Bakersfield on September 13, 2017 at 10:00am. A memorial service will follow at the Tehachapi Railroad Depot, 101 West Tehachapi Blvd in Tehachapi, please contact the museum or mortuary for time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Depot, 101 West Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA. 93561 or the Humane Society of Tehachapi 21600 Golden Hills Blvd Tehachapi, CA 93561.