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Fillmore City Cemetery
Thursday August 31st, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Kenneth Cardon Thatcher


On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 20 days, a man who was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, uncle, brother-in-law, nephew and cousin to many as well as being a remarkable friend, has passed away at his home on his farm in Abraham, Millard County, Utah where he desired to be in his final days on this earth. We know that he is rejoicing as he has been reunited with his forever sweetheart Norma “Nana.”

Kenneth was born on Wednesday, February 3, 1932 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. He was the fourth child, and third son of Marion Plumb and Edith Cardon Thatcher. His siblings are Marion Paul, Leavitt Thomas, Edith, Morris Lorenzo and John Philip Thatcher.

Kenneth met his true eternal love in Chandler, Arizona at his brother’s home. On October 27, 1950 they were married and sealed for eternity at the Mesa LDS Temple, in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. He was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. He graduated from Chandler High School in 1950. Kenneth had a life-long love for farming, having done so starting in 1952 in Arizona until 1984, and since then in Abraham, Utah where he continued to run his dairy and farming operations, even cutting hay up until recently. He enthusiastically enjoyed flying his three different airplanes, most recently his Piper Tri-Pacer logging more than 5,000 hours until he reached the age of 82. He thoroughly had a passion for fishing and hunting. Most importantly, he had a deep and abiding love for his family and Savior. One of his most generous character traits was his overwhelming kindness and benevolence towards others with the receiving party never having any knowledge of it all. He gave of himself to others without caring about himself first.

He is predeceased by his wife Norma on September 12, 2012, his parents Marion and Edith, his brother Marion Paul, his sister Edith, grandson Timothy Bigelow and his dear cousin Harry Jones. He greatly enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Larry Smith, Clyde Bunker, Jeff Nye and his family.

He is survived by his children, Hazel Maben (George), Kenneth, Jr. (Lori), Merl, Carl (Robin), Doris Kanoff (David), Willard (Stacey) and Steve (Kimberly). He is also survived by his brothers Leavitt (Joyce), Morris (Carol) and John (Renee). He also leaves as part of his legacy twenty-six grandchildren and more than thirty great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of his life at the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home, 95 White Sage Avenue, Delta, Utah, on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com. 

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Lamar and I just found out that your dad passed away. We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many memories of the farm and flying with your dad. What a great reunion of our dads in heaven. Our love and prayers go out to your sweet family.

Rebecca Bassett Aug 28 2017 12:00 AM

The last three days so far have been a few of the most extremely challenging and greatly emotional days in my life and that of my wife Monicas too. On Tuesday, Kenneth Cardon Thatcher, a man who was also a father to me, no different than my own, returned to His Heavenly Father. Some might ask me how I could make a statement like this which could be presumed to be disrespectful to my own father. If you will allow me, I will dispel that assumption right here, when my father was still alive he and Ken knew one another. My father respected and admired Ken very much, and he knew that there was another man who also helped look after and guide my fathers son. Then a day came almost thirty years now when my dad was also called home by our Precious Lord and Savior. I have always felt in my heart that my that my father perhaps rests a little more peacefully knowing that there was still a remarkably wonderful man still here to watch over, to provide perspective, offer wisdom and other such fatherly acts to me no differently than he did for his own children. One might also think it is somewhat arrogant of me to think that he thought that much ofme, and it probably true, because how he was with me was how he was with every other person heever interacted with during his life here. Regardless, he made me feel important and special to him too. I am so fortunate to have been able to personally witness and see the inside, if you will, of a man who, if you truly knew him, looked out for the interests of others in numerous random acts and deeds to more people, many that he really knew nothing of other than they needed a tender helping hand, which he would never confess to, more than I could ever possibly count. I can unequivocally state that he lived his earthly life in the way that Jesus Christ, by His very example also taught His children. Kens example to me of how to be to others is something that I will surely try to do through my own actions toward others-that is one way I can honor Ken and help better the world. I have known that he has so very deeply missed Nana, and I got to witness his deep and abiding love for her in his own special way, through their own unique way of communicating with one another that I am most certain began the day he met the mother of all his children. I am very fortunate to have some very close relationships with some of his children and I have a love for them as well. For my own well-being, I need to move myself through the stages of grief, and one way in which I will heal is to be supportive, kind and helpful in any way that I can to another man, who might as well be a brother to me, no different than my own brother Frank that I have. That man is Kens son Steve. I could not have a closer bond with another besides my own wife, mom and brother than I do with Kens son. To Hazel and Kenny, you know my feelings too, and to his other children I offer my deepest condolences. In conclusion, Ken, I shall never forget you so long as I live and I hope you know how so very much I admired, revered, appreciated, respected and loved you.

Monica Ann & Gregory Jay Schafer Aug 25 2017 12:00 AM

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I am the granddaughter of Leavitt and the daughter of Dennis. Sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Ken. I'm not sure I ever met him, but his son Kenny was like an uncle to me. My deepest condolences to your family! It's good to have an eternal perspective, and to know he is having a lovely reunion with Norma and his parents

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Roger D. Bigelow Aug 24 2017 12:00 AM

Ken has been a good friend for many years, especially to Don. He was always so kind and we really enjoyed his friendship. WE wish all family members Condolences. He will be missed.

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