Ken Read Obituary (1954 – 2022) – Salt Lake City, UT

Kenneth Elmer Read

1954 – 2022/In Loving Memory

Salt Lake City, UT—Kenneth Elmer Read

67 years old

Salt Lake City, UT

Died Saturday evening on May 7, 2022, at St. Mark’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT.

Ken died from respiratory failure due to severe chronic obstructive lung disease.

Ken is survived by his son Kameron L. Read, his granddaughter Annabelle Read, his grandson Preston Paisley, his sister Brenda Read, and his best friend and canine companion, Dan.

Ken was born on October 4, 1954, in Burley, Idaho.

Ken’s parents are LaVenna Larsen and Elmer LaMar Read.

Ken was the fourth born out of six siblings; His oldest brother Ronnie (Deceased), his sister Debbie (Deceased), his brother Doug (Deceased), his sister Brenda, and his youngest sibling Nannette (Deceased). Ken is now with his loving daughter Constance Paisley-Read (Deceased).

Marriages: Bobbie Read and Debbie Hase

Canine companions: Annie (Deceased), Annabel, and Dan.

Places of residence: Salt Lake City and Phoenix

In the late 1980s, Ken discovered his passion for karaoke. He spent his adult life acquiring an impressive music library of karaoke tracks. He built an exquisite karaoke studio in his home. Karaoke wasn’t just about Ken’s love for singing; it was in his heart to entertain family and friends and bring everyone together. Suppose he wasn’t singing and recording karaoke compilations for his loved ones. In that case, Ken found an opportunity to insert humor into the conversation. Ken was a communicator, whether he provided an ear to a friend who needed a solution or wrote stories and shared witty observations on his social media. Ken lived every day to make others smile and laugh.

Ken’s contribution to the world was being a caring and providing father to his children and grandchildren. Although Ken was divorced, he continued to be a loyal friend to the last day to Bobbie and Debbie. You can ask anyone who knew Ken that he left them with invaluable memories and experiences that they will cherish forever.

Ken’s final wishes were to donate his organs and provide his body to science and education. His current disposition is at the University of Utah Body Donor Program. A funeral will follow his cremation sometime in the next few years.

Ken’s friends and family will celebrate his life later this month to be determined. Don’t hesitate to contact his son or sister for further information.


Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from May 27 to May 31, 2022.

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