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Dwight (Ken) Paxton

Posted 2017-10-05 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ
>>> Published on Thursday, October 5, 2017 <<<

Dwight (Ken) Paxton passed away Sept. 30, 2017 in Lake Havasu City.

He was born July 8, 1935 to Kenneth and Dorothy Paxton (Thompson) in
Santa Ana, California. Ken moved with his family to Yakima,
Washington in 1941. He graduated from Yakima High School in 1953 and
joined the U.S Navy. He was honorably discharged as a second class
machinist’s mate in 1957 and is a Korean War Veteran.

Ken used the G.I bill and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
production management from WSU. Ken helped build Paxton Sales Corp.
and was CO for many years until his retirement in 1997.

He married Barbara Martin in 1988. They were full-time motor homers
who wintered and had property in San Felipe, Mexico. He moved from
Mexico to Havasu in 1998.

Ken was a deep sea diver, an instrument-rated private pilot, a
professional boat and jeep racer and loved fishing on his boat on
Lake Havasu. He was a member of the Yakima Ridgerunners jeep club,
Yakima Ski Benders snowmobile club (where he was first president),
American Legion, Eagles, the VFW, the Elks, the Havasu Four
Wheelers, and the Elks Fishing Club, of which he was president 2006-
2008. He loved jeeping in the nearby deserts and surrounding area.
He was a lifetime Master Pistol shooter. He sponsored and coached
several Selah ball teams; they were champs in 1981.

Ken was preceded in death by his 6-year-old son Kenny, his mother
and father, Dorothy and Kenneth Paxton.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister Sherry Reid (Jim), sons
Kevin (Jennifer) of Washington and Richard (Renee) of Havasu,
daughter Shereen Hunt (Brian) of Selah, Washington, four
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nephew David, niece Kelly
and stepdaughter Susan McVey of Fallon, Nevada.

There will be no service.

Cremation was in Havasu with burial in Yakima, Washington.

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