Kenneth Hayes Salmacia

Kenneth Hayes Salmacia

May 19, 1927 - December 30, 2010

Kenneth Hayes Salmacia

May 19, 1927 - December 30, 2010


Kenneth Hayes Salmacia ? May 19, 1927 to December 30, 2010

Kenneth H. Salmacia was born on May 19, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Glendale, graduating from Glendale High School. He enlisted in the Navy 3 days after his 18th birthday, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater on the U.S.S. Lauderdale during World War II. He then attended the University of Southern California, where he developed his life-long dedication to the Trojans, – attending many football games and joining the ?Cardinal & Gold.?

After college, Ken joined his family’s business, Salmacia’s Glendale Music Company, founded by his father, Vincent Salmacia in 1916 and where his mother Flora worked for many years. Ken was well known throughout Glendale as an active member of the Jaycee’s, Rotary and avid golfer at Oakmont Country Club where his father was a founding member. He moved from Glendale over 30 years ago to Orange County residing on Lido Isle, Dana Point, Newport Beach, and most recently Coto de Caza. Golf was a passion he enjoyed his entire life, joining many clubs in addition to Oakmont over the years, including Indian Wells, PGA West, and Big Canyon. He was also one of the earliest members of Marbella in San Juan Capistrano where he enjoyed playing with his many friends right up until his death.

Ken was most proud of his six children, Christina, Cynthia, Steven, Scott, Ken Jr, and Kaycee. Four out of six followed in his footsteps by attending USC. He was overjoyed anytime everyone could make it to a family party, of which there were many. He was fortunate to have enjoyed such an occasion just a few days before his death.

He is survived by his cherished companion, Charlene; daughters Cynthia Retter, Kaycee Salmacia; sons Steven Salmacia, Ken Salmacia; grandchildren Julie Ida Cummins, Robin Ryan, Travis Retter and great-granddaughter, Josephina Cummins, along with numerous cousins and their families.

A celebration of his life will be held at Marbella Country Club, San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday, January 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimers? Association in honor of his mother. A tribute fund has been established in Ken’s name and donations can be made on-line at or checks can be mailed to either Alzheimer’s Association at P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or the local Orange County chapter.

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2 responses to Kenneth Hayes Salmacia

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers.

  2. Dear Kaycee, Charlene and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on Ken’s passing. I just learned of your loss. I was privileged know Ken as his brother-in-law and as a friend. He stood as an exemplar of the perfect gentleman, always thoughtful to others. Ken always went out of his way to make my visits to Palm Desert very special. “A friend might well be reckoned the greatest gift of Nature”.

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