October 13, 1938 – June 11, 2015
Ken Stone passed away from metastatic stomach cancer on June 11, 2015 at the age of 76.
Originally from Michigan, he was part of the first graduating class of Mission Bay High School in 1956 where he lettered in both golf and baseball. As a young man he enjoyed such hobbies (plus golf and baseball) as bowling, working on his car, swimming, following the Padres in the Pacific Coast League, home improvement projects, caring for his beloved pets and woodworking. This last hobby would become a focal point in his career path.
Ken began his career as a millworker, then transitioned to the design phase of wood fixture construction as a draftsman. He later moved on to project management and materials acquisition. His employers included Quality Cabinets, Piatt Construction and Interior Wood (of San Diego). He was known for his skill as a craftsman and his uncompromising attention to detail in all phases of the industry.
Aside from the aforementioned activities, one of his lifelong passions was coaching youth baseball. Over many years at Hickman Field in Clairemont, he both coached and managed multiple teams at the Little League, Pony League and finally, Colt League levels. A highlight of this tenure was when–as manager–he guided the 1985 13 year-old Clairemont Pony All-Stars to the Southern California title. In doing so, the team overcame favored teams from powerhouse regions such as Orange County and Los Angeles.
His wife, Norma Jean, passed suddenly from heart failure in 2008 and his brother, David (of Ventura, CA) passed due to complications from surgery in 2007.
He is survived by his two sons, Rob and Ryan, whom reside in Clairemont.