Kenneth Harland, 88, of Magalia, Calif., took his final journey on March 25, 2020. He was born in Santa Monica. During his youth, the family moved to the San Fernando Valley where Kenneth attended school and played on the football teams. He graduated from Canoga Park High School. While living in the valley, he met Mickey Kelland and soon the two were married in 1958. They welcomed three children: Kimberly, Kandy and Kelly. In the early 60s, the family moved to the Galt area and finally settled in Acampo where all the children attended Galt elementary and high schools. Kenneth and Mickey divorced after 20 years of marriage. He was briefly married to Myrna Bingham. He found his true partner in Carolyn Jentzen of Gadsden, Ala., until his passing.
During his long life, he did many things to make a living. He made liquid nitrogen at Air Products. He found his calling as a maintenance engineer for Macy’s Department store. His true passion was working with the land. In the 1980s, he created a “you pick” vegetable garden and catfish farm in Wilton, as he cared for his parents in their sunset years. He and Carolyn moved to Pine, Ariz., in the early 1990s where together they designed and built their own home. After a visit to see Carolyn’s sister in Alabama, the two moved to the south. He truly enjoyed being in the south and vowed he was there to stay. However, in 2012, he moved back to California and settled in Magalia to be near his family once more.
Kenneth was someone you would never forget if you had the chance to meet him. He loved to sing, dance, farming, friendships and finding new interesting things on the Internet.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and LeRoy Harland; and all of his siblings, Albert Harland, Elizabeth Harland Lett, Tom Harland, and two nieces.
Surviving him are his three children and their spouses, Kimberly (Jim) Graves, Kandy (Rick) Gaines, Kelly (Diana) Harland; and his dear partner, Carolyn Jentzen. He was Papa Kenny to seven grandchildren, Mandy (Bert) Bowerman, Jessica (Pete) Reed, Scott Gaines, Jenni (Jarred) Mello, Holly Mello, Nicholas Mello and John Harland; eight great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, who all love Uncle Kenny. In addition, his extended family, gained by his relationship with his dear Carolyn, will also miss their Papa Kenny.
His family who adored him will sorely miss him.
Private services will be held at a later date.