Kenneth Boyd Knowles

July 9, 1929January 10, 2019

Colonel Kenneth Boyd Knowles, USAF retired, passed away on January 10, 2019, in Dallas Texas, from kidney failure. Ken was born on July 9, 1929 in Ogden, Utah, the first of 7 children of Kenneth Baugh and Helen Pearce Knowles. Following his graduation from Weber State College, he was called to serve on a mission in New York and Pennsylvania for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His missionary companions during those two years became life-long friends. Shortly after his return to Ogden in 1951 he married his wife of 58 years, Clara Lou Beers. He earned Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Utah, and in 1956 was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a legal officer, serving until his retirement in 1985. He served as a senior trial attorney representing the Air Force in contract cases against major defense contractors; was director of procurement law in charge of providing legal services for the design, development, testing and acquisition of all Air Force aircraft and related systems; director of military justice for the USAF in Europe, and finally, as general counsel of the worldwide Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas. Ken and Lou loved classical music, opera and art and regularly attended concerts and productions and visited museums everywhere they lived. He loved woodworking and was an all-around handyman. After his retirement he took on the challenge of building a 2-manual harpsichord, which he later donated to the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. A man of strong faith, he held a variety of positions in the LDS church and, with Lou, served an 18 month mission at the LDS historical sites in Kirtland, Ohio. He was a kind and generous man who never hesitated to help others. He was deeply devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife, Julie, whom he married in 2011, daughter Kathryn Knowles and son-in-law, Ed Darrell of Dallas, Texas, grandson Kenneth Darrell of Brooklyn, NY, grandson James Darrell and his wife, Xiang Li of Denver, CO, brothers Michael Knowles and wife Peggy, of Phoeniz, AZ, Darrell Knowles and wife Cindy of Salt Lake City, UT, and sister Kathryn Trulson of Bountiful, UT, and many other relatives and friends. Visitation with the family is 6-8 pm, Tuesday, January 15, at David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home in Duncanville, Texas. Funeral services are 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1019 Big Stone Gap in Duncanville. Additional services are at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah. Interment will follow in the Hyrum City Cemetery, Hyrum, Utah.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kenneth Boyd Knowles

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Thomas Waid

January 16, 2019

Kenneth Knowles will forever be an influence in my life. I knew him, his wife Lou and second wife Julie as brothers and sisters in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Kenneth was a gospel scholar and the Patriarch for the Dallas Stake in the church where he gave countless Patriarchical Blessings to church members. This high calling requires a person to be very spiritual and close to the Lord. Kenneth was this kind of person all the time I knew him.

In Sunday school class and Priesthood class, I learned many great gospel principles through his teaching when he was called to teach. He was from early Pioneer Church Ancestry and could tell stories from his own family history and church leaders that grave deeper meaning to a lesson. He served a church in his youth that set him on the path to a temple marriage and valiant service in the kingdom of God restored to the earth.

But the greatest lessons taught me were by his personal example as a gentle soul who loved the Lord and was dedicated to his family. I often visited him and his wife in their home where I learned of his hobbies, interest in the Arts and his pride in his grandchildren. The love and humility he always displayed was something that would inspire you to emulate.

He served as a Temple ordinance worker and set a great example for others to serve even in your senior years.

I know I will see this brother on the other side of the vail and we will again be friends. Until then his memory and influence will be forever felt.
May God bless his family and posterity.

Brother Tom Waid

Jeffrey Hurt

January 14, 2019

I was stationed with Ken at Wright Patterson AFB when I was a young Captain and he was a Lt. Colonel. We were in the same office and I smiled when I read the obituary regarding his sharing nature. I was the youngest trial attorney in the office, and Ken would always take whatever time necessary to mentor me on my cases.

His calm demeanor, wise counsel, and friendliness were always present. Ken had no enemies.

On Wednesday when his service begins, I will be in a Court Hearing in Los Angeles trying what will be one of my last cases before I retire. I will take a moment to remember the privilege that was granted to me to be a friend of Ken.

I will never forget him.

Jeff Hurt