Kenneth Lewis Marchant

Kenneth Lewis Marchant

July 20, 1927 – Oct. 28, 2020

Kenneth Lewis Marchant, 93, passed away on Oct. 28, 2020, in Lovell. 

He was born July 20, 1927, to Eva Leone Lewis and Charles Wright Marchant in Cowley. He married his beloved bride, Gaye Alexander, Dec. 24, 1948; they were sealed for time and for all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple June 17, 1966. 

Kenneth was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed many callings. He and his wife were home-teaching companions for many years and also served together at the Billings, Montana, Temple as ordinance workers. He also served in the elder’s quorum presidency, as ward clerk, executive secretary, 1st counselor in the bishopric and high councilman and diligently served as finance clerk under three bishops for a total of 14 years. 

Kenneth worked hard throughout his life. As a boy he labored on local farms when he wasn’t attending school. When he was a young man he joined the Merchant Marines, attending boot camp on Catalina Island, and worked up and down the coast from California to Canada. He spent most of his career as a mason, and he traveled for work much of the time. His meticulous nature and work ethic made him successful in his craft, and there are many buildings throughout the state still standing today that showcase his talent.

When he retired he enjoyed spending most of his time with his beautiful wife whom he adored. They enjoyed traveling together; they went to Mexico and visited Gaye’s sister in Hawaii several times. 

He had a sharp mind and quick wit and had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, gardening, reloading ammo and being involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. 

Simply put, Kenneth was cool. He had the best stereo system and the latest technology and gadgets. He loved motorcycles, guns and fishing and was thrilled to involve his family in his interests. He was deeply loved by those who were blessed to be around him. He made others feel loved, appreciated and accepted. People who knew him were inspired by his example of Christ-like love and good-natured kindness. 

Kenneth is survived by his sister, Roma Walker; brother Richard Marchant; children Cindy (Gary) Flom, Susan (Kurt) Wilkinson, Dennis Marchant, Robert (Lisa) Marchant and Lisa (Kim) Wilson; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Gaye Alexander Marchant, his parents, many brothers and sisters, children Kenneth Marchant Jr. and Jolene Marchant and grandsons Stuart Wilson and Richard Walker Jr. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in Cowley at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment was in the Cowley Cemetery. 

Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.