Kenneth Lloyd Jennings 1954 — 2013
Kenneth Lloyd Jennings
1954 — 2013
Kenneth Lloyd Jennings, 58, of California City, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2.
He was born to the late Billy Joe and Sophie (Chacon) Jennings on Dec. 25, 1954, at Sculthorpe AFB, England. Kenneth graduated from Perris High School in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 1983. He was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
Ken enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1976 and joined the California Air National Guard at March AFB in 1984. He served as a weapon systems officer in the F-4 and as a KC-135 navigator. When the unit converted to the Predator, Ken became the chief of intelligence and retired at the rank of lieutenant general on June 1, 2010. His total service time was 33 years, 9 months and 28 days.
Ken was a 30-year civil service employee at Edwards AFB as an avionics & armament engineer. He worked on various projects, including the F-15, the F-22, and as an avionics instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School.
He was married to Terri Gaye (Coffee) Jennings on Nov. 27, 1987, in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife, Terri of California City; son, Staff Sgt. Trevor Jennings of McGuire AFB, NJ; daughter and son-in-law, Tawnya and Richard MacDougall of California City; daughter, Tessa Jennings of Brookings, SD. Ken had two young grandsons, Zane and Maddix, and they brought him a lot of joy and laughter. Ken is also survived by his sisters, Diana Haycock of Sacramento, Doreen Roberts of Westlake, Tracey Jennings, Debbie Jennings, and Christina Lazo, all of San Francisco; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Ken was proud of his Native American roots and contributed invaluable information to the New Mexico Genealogy Society by translating numerous volumes of Spanish documents from the 1800s into readable English language documents.
Ken loved to travel and was fortunate to be able to see many parts of the world that most people only dream about. He loved a good beer, a good movie, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Ken was a quiet man of few words, but many actions. If you were fortunate to be on the receiving end of either, cherish them always. Ken will be loved and missed by his wife, children, family and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi. Burial will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m., with a reception following at the Tehachapi Veterans of Foreign Wars building.
Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.