In honor of his one year anniversary:
Kenneth M. Damm was born October 30, 1938 to Marshal and Rozelma Damm and was the oldest of five children. Marshal was a Naval Warrant Petty Officer for the U.S. Navy and traveled throughout the South Pacific - Hawaii, Guam and ending in San Diego after WW II, Ken was living near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942.
Ken was an accomplished athlete in wrestling and football, playing in college at Northern Arizona University and on the practice team for the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders. Ken enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp and graduated top of his class where he was trained as an air traffic controller and pilot.
In 1958 while dragging Main St. through Bishop, CA. on the Hwy 395, he met the love of his life Elaine Zediker. They married in 1965 and lived on the west coast making their way to Alaska in 1973. Ken worked for Shell Oil out of college but returned to Air Traffic control in San Jose, California, Reno, Nevada, Fairbanks and Kodiak, Alaska. Ken was an active Volunteer Fireman, prospector, pilot and outdoorsman everywhere he lived. He was one of the founding members of the Libertarian Party in Fairbanks, Alaska in the early 1970’s and was member of the Pioneers of Alaska. He moved his family to Kodiak in 1976, retired from the FAA in 1979 and was a small business owner of many different ventures. Ken was active in the Elks and Lions club. His generosity sometimes got the best of him, with the philosophy that a man’s word and a handshake meant something. Ken loved the outdoors, prospecting and was a friend to everyone he met. He would give the shirt off his back and his last dollar to a person in need.
He followed his wife Elaine, who passed away in October of 2010 and is survived by his daughter Shannon Ferris, her husband Michael Ferris, granddaughter Ryan Elizabeth Ferris, and grandson Curtis Michael Ferris. His daughter Whitney O’Neill passed away on March 16, 2013, grandson Daniel “Jake” O’Neill.
Ken passed away at his home in Minden, Nevada; he had recently been working through heart and health issues, but was feeling better before his passing. Any condolences may be sent to Shannon Ferris at 5235 Shorecrest Dr. Anchorage, AK. 99502.