Kenneth Charles Tarbutton

Kenneth Charles Tarbutton

February 20, 1940 - April 24, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA

Kenneth Charles Tarbutton

February 20, 1940 - April 24, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA


Kenneth Charles Tarbutton

February 20, 1940 – April 24, 2018

Ken Tarbutton, 78, passed away on April 24th due to complications of anemia.

Ken was the oldest of three children to Elmer and Freda Tarbutton born at home on February 20th, 1940 in Mansfield Missouri. As a young boy the family moved to California. Ken graduated from Long Beach Poly High school in 1958 and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 1959. Ken was assigned to the 7th Battalion 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton where he did his basic training. After he served his active duty, he then served as a Marine Reservist until 1965. Ken worked with his dad at International Harvester as a parts salesman until he joined the Garden Grove Fire Department. After 4 years with the Garden Grove Fire Department he tested and then transferred to the Long Beach Fire Department. Ken, aka (Stretch) as his fellow coworkers loved to call him, retired after approximately 30 years in the fire service.

Ken married Diana Jean Kauer in February of 1960 and lovingly raised two children, Scott and Stacy, in the Long Beach area for a couple of years before moving to Lakewood California for 10 years. From Lakewood they moved to Huntington Beach, where they spent time traveling and fell in love with their new second home in Lake Havasu City. From Huntington Beach they moved to San Juan Capistrano where the two spent the rest of retirement. In San Juan Capistrano Ken became active in the HOA and the landscape committee. Ken and Diana had many close friends and loved to travel the world and go camping with family. He also loved to go exploring in the desert in his Jeep, motorcycle riding, boating on different lakes, rivers and the ocean.

Ken is survived by his wife Diana after 58 years of loving marriage, his kids Scott and Stacy, his grandson Ryan, and his sister Shirley and brother Fred.

There will be a memorial service at O’Connor Mortuary’s chapel on May 8th at 2:00 pm. The Address is 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA. Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life at Scott and Laura’s home in Laguna Niguel.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: May 08, 2018 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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14 responses to Kenneth Charles Tarbutton

  1. Bob Norman says:

    Ken was a great asset to our community and HOA in San Juan. He spent a lot of time working with our gardners to give them direction and help the grounds look better. I also enjoyed working with Ken on our HOA board. He will be missed.

    1. Thank you Bob, he definitely enjoyed and did his best to get things looking nice!

  2. So sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. He was a great Engineer and I always enjoyed working with him. I am sorry that I will be out of town for his Celebration of Life next week. My condolences to all of your family on the loss of a wonderful man.

    1. Thank you Reed for the kind words. it ‘s so nice to hear from his fellow firemen!

    2. Sorry Gary I thought I was replying to the post above. Thanks for the kind words and we are sorry you will not be able to be there.

  3. Reed1Bingham says:

    I remember him as being one of the nicest men to ever serve on Long Beach Fire Department……

    1. Thank you Reed for the kind words. it ‘s so nice to hear from his fellow firemen!

  4. We are very saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We are part of the original homebuyers along with Ken and Diana, Lonny and Eddy, Susan and Dave and many others! We spent 10 wonderful years having dinners together, traveling and just enjoying the neighborhood! We will always treasure our time in San Juan! Our heartfelt condolences to Diana, Scott, Stacy and family. Love, Chris and Larry

  5. So sorry for the loss. I worked as a hair stylist for Ken and Diana when they owned the “Hair Loom” Salon in Huntington Beach. We became good friends and had many fun times together. We visited their Condo in Lake Havasu and enjoyed outings on their boat. We have not gotten together in several years, but think of them fondly and frequently. Many memories. Rest in Peace our friend Ken and our best to Diana.
    Jerry and Donna Achenbach

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