9/10/1961 ~ 3/23/2023
Kendall Roland McKee, age 61, passed away unexpectedly March 23, 2023 at his home in St. George, Utah. He was born September 10, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Jan V and Koye Stevens McKee, the youngest of three children, and grew up in Bountiful, Utah.
Since Kendall’s father worked away during the week at power plant construction sites, he and his sisters handled the weekly yard work and cleanup. Their mother Koye enjoyed gardening and often “borrowed” a space in backyards or empty lots, where the family would grow and maintain vegetables. Because of Koye’s rheumatoid arthritis, the family spend a lot of time in Holden at Koye’s mother’s home, where the children continued to help with garden and farm chores, as well as having spare time to wander the fields and hills.
Kendall’s mother was his Den mother for Cub Scouts and the family all contributed to her creative activity ideas. Stacy and Tammy were in Girl Scouts and Tammy often went on the Cub Scout field trips with the Den.
Kendall and his father began wilderness hikes in the Uintah Mountains when Kendall was in middle school, and continued until Jan was in his late 70’s. They would explore topographical maps and determine their routes, fishing and camping on their excursions. They went to the summit of the highest mountain in Utah, Kings Peak (elevation 13,528’) to celebrate Jan’s 60th birthday in 1993. Kendall continued to enjoy hiking in the areas where he lived.
Kendall’s father, Jan, loved Jazz and the family grew up listening to Stan Kenton, Burt Bacharach and other jazz musicians. All the children learned to play the piano, but Kendall transitioned from piano to the drums at a young age, eventually forming a band during high school, who practiced in their basement. Koye had them walk in and wave at her on their way downstairs. She had the longest earpiece available plugged in to the TV. Koye loved to hear them play, until 10:00 sharp.
Kendall attended Woods Cross High School and graduated from Bountiful High School. He participated in track and football at Woods Cross. His dad was working locally for a few years, so Kendall enjoyed the luxury of a bacon and egg breakfast and a ride with his dad everyday. He enjoyed duck hunting with friends and cooking creative meals. After working for a local farmer, he was employed at Hotel Utah helping with banquet setups.
Kendall served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Taiwan from March 1981 to March 1983, speaking Mandarin. Just a few weeks before he was set to
return home, his mother passed away. After returning, he filled sandbags for the 1983 flooding where he made an impression on the supervisors. He then worked for the Utah Department of Transportation, living with his sister Tammy for a short while.
In 1985 Kendall moved to Northern California to work for Great Wave Software, a software company owned by his sister Stacy and her husband Chad Mitchell. At that point, he was “Employee #3,” which meant that his responsibilities were varied and included phones, filling orders, and demonstrating the new Macintosh technology at the local schools. Kendall’s last position was in accounting, where he performed in an exacting manner. When the company was sold in 1999, no accounting errors could be found. While living in the Bay Area, Kendall continued his schooling and received his Associates degree in Electronics.
While working at Great Wave Software, Kendall bought his first brand new car. A month later, on October 17, 1989, he was driving home and felt the road shake. As he pulled over, rocks from a rock slide dented his car during the Loma Prieta Earthquake. He lived with Stacy for a week while services and roads were restored.
After ten years in the Bay Area, Kendall then moved to the Burbank area and worked for Disney in an accounting department, while he tried his hand at the music business. He then moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 2000 where he worked at AAA Electronics. While there, he reunited with his friend Brad Pike, also a musician. They both relocated to St. George, UT in 2015. Kendall worked at the Hilton and finally at the Courtyard by Marriott as a maintenance specialist. Kendall enjoyed the warm climate of Lake Havasu and determined that St. George was as far north as he was willing to move.
Kendall is survived by his sisters: Stacy McKee Mitchell (Chad Mitchell), Scotts Valley CA; Tamera McKee McEaneney, Scotts Valley, CA; nine nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Koye Stevens McKee (1983) and father, Jan V McKee (2019) and his brother-in-law, James Paul McEaneney (2003).
Burial services will be April 15, 2023 at 1:30 pm at the Holden Town Cemetery under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary. Program and sharing will follow at the Holden church afterwards.