Peter Glen Kenner was born on June 5, 1934 in Logan, Utah to Lee and Kirma Kenner. He passed away from cardiovascular disease in his home on January 14, 2023.
Pete grew up in Utah, Arizona, and California and was still in close contact with many childhood friends. He graduated from high school in Berkeley, California where he met his future wife, Louise. He graduated from dental school at Tufts University in Boston and immediately joined the Navy where he was present for the Cuban Missile Crisis.
After his military service, he and his family moved to Davis, California where he practiced dentistry and lived for the last 60 years. He enjoyed diving and opened a Davis scuba diving store for a time. He actively served his community by supporting Davis High sports and music programs, community organizations, and the Yolo County Grand Jury.
Pete and Louise’s home was open to friends, acquaintances and strangers. They had an open door policy to many foreign exchange students and people in crisis. They welcomed guests from Japan to Uruguay to Germany to China and other places both local and around the world, leaving a legacy of hearts around the world that are forever connected to the Kenner family.
Pete loved God and was a dedicated servant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before his marriage he served a mission to the New England States Mission and lived a life of service in the church where he touched many in callings including Priest’s Quorum Advisor and Stake President.
Pete enjoyed photography, waterskiing, snow skiing, driving, flying his plane, scuba diving, singing, classical music and helping others. In recent years he took up cartooning, his quirky commentaries coming by mail will be greatly missed.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Louise and son, Steve. He is survived by his children Paul (Stephanie), Peto, Shauna (David), Marc (Amber), and his sisters Mary Steiner and Kay Hamblin. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, California and Friday, January 20, 2023 from 10:00 to 10:45 with the funeral service begining at 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 615 Elmwood, Davis, California. Interment will immediately follow the funeral at the Davis Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will start at 2:30 p.m. at the El Macero Country Club. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Empower Yolo.
For those who cannot attend in person, the funeral will be broadcast on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 918 4910 5327