Donald Kennington

Friday , January 02, 2015 - 10:00 PM

August 12, 1931 ~ January 1, 2015

Donald Kennington, age 83, passed away in Ogden, Utah on January 1, 2015. He was born in a two-room log cabin at the homestead on Crow Creek in Star Valley, Wyoming on August 12, 1931, the second of six children born to George Harvey Kennington and Virginia Rosina Beyeler. He spent most of his first 20 years herding cattle with his father and two brothers between Star Valley and Bear Lake during the summer months and the remainder of the year living in Fairview while going to school. He and his brothers had their own range horses that they caught and trained to work cattle. They also participated in rodeos, riding and roping. He graduated from Star Valley High School in 1949 where he was active in sports, lettering in boxing and football.

He married the love of his life, Arlene Adele Roberts on October 29, 1951 in Cokeville, Wyoming. They moved to Ogden, Utah for better employment because "She liked to eat three times a day, even in the winter!" Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple on October 29, 1952. He was a welterweight boxer, winning the Intermountain AAU and Golden Gloves Championships. He then boxed professionally. He worked at Hill Field as a machinist for 28 years. He continued his involvement with the cowboy life he loved so much by shoeing horses each day after work. He became a much requested farrier, shoeing over 33,000 horses in his 37 years in the business. He taught horseshoeing for WSU Continuing Education for 16 years. In 1985 his life experiences led him to begin writing and performing cowboy poetry. He co-authored five books with his brother, Phil, and performed all over the western United States and into Canada. He was an exceptional horseshoer, and an even better cowboy poet.

He was active in the LDS church and especially enjoyed Home Teaching. He served as Young Mens President, Sunday School President, sang in ward and stake choirs, served in the bishopric and as a stake missionary. He also participated in plays and dance festivals but his favorite calling was as a Sunday School teacher to the youth who enjoyed his class so much they often left anonymous treats on his doorstep. He and Arlene served in the Ogden Temple and as full time missionaries at the Ogden Family History Center.

He and Arlene are the parents of six children: Kristine (Dee) Johnson, Farmington, UT; Karlene (Stephen) Hall, Winnemucca, NV; Keeth R (Laurel) Kennington, Syracuse, UT; Kendell R (Luann) Kennington, Ogden, UT; Kayleen (Brad) Anderson, Smoot, WY, and Donald Kory (Tina) Kennington, Layton, UT. They have 32 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harvey Lavell (Anna Beth) Kennington, and two grandchildren, McKaylee Johnson and Jace Hall. Surviving are two brothers, Phillip Lloyd (Melba) Kennington, Sandy, UT and Ronald Grant (Carol) Kennington, Fresno, CA, and two sisters, Anna Mae (David) Anderson, Murray, UT, and Lynette (Robert) Beus, Fairview, WY.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 6, 2015 at the Westwood Ward building, 2123 N. 2000 W. Farr West, Utah at 11 a.m. Friends may call at Myers Mortuary at 845 Washington Blvd on Monday January 5, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. prior to the services. Internment, Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 1 p.m., Fairview, Wyoming Cemetery. (Donations may be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund)

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