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Kenneth Doyle D'Spain

 

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Kenneth Doyle D'Spain

Kenneth Doyle D'Spain of Bandera, Texas passed away on May 24th, 2021. He was born in Brady, Texas on June 6th, 1938. He was the son of Nimrod "Doc" Johnson D'Spain and Otelia Pool. He was the brother of LaVern Wharton, Carol D'Spain and Willard D'Spain.

Kenneth attended Bandera High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track each year of attendance. He was awarded 4 football scholarships and he was voted Class Favorite and Best Dancer. He made many lifelong friends at Bandera High School. This is also where he met his high school sweetheart, Betty Jane Laskowski. Kenneth and Betty were married at St. Stanislaus Church in Bandera, Texas on May 28th, 1959. As luck would have it, Kenneth's daughter Daphne inherited his awesome dance skills, and his three sons just happen to have his handsome good looks.

Kenneth played football for the Bandera Bulldogs and participated in FFA rodeo events. Kenneth won FFA All Around Champion for his participation in rodeo and bull-riding all 4-years he attended Bandera High School. Kenneth then went on to attend Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas on a football scholarship and continued bull-riding throughout his years at Sul Ross.

Kenneth was employed with Continental Oil Company at The Purple Sage Ranch in Bandera Texas for nearly ten years. Betty and Kenneth then moved the family to Green River, Wyoming, and they enjoyed living there for nearly 40 years. During their time in Wyoming, Kenneth coached the boys baseball and softball teams, and the family developed many friendships that endure today. Betty and Kenneth retired back to Bandera, Texas in 2008 after Kenneth retired from a 35-year career at General Chemical (now Tata Chemicals) in Green River, Wyoming and Betty retired as a Director from the American Cancer Society.

Kenneth was predeceased by his mother and father and his brother, Carol. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty D'Spain and his children Kenny, Rodney, Robert, and Daphne. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tyler, Andrew, Chantalle, Taylor, Matthew, Ethan, Kendric, Keenan, and Declan and his great-granddaughter, Lyra.

Kenneth was a gentle, kind, loving person who loved and cared for his family. His stories and his memory will eternally be our blessing.

Masses will be offered for Kenneth D'Spain in Green River at the Immaculate Conception Church on June 14th at 8:30 a.m. and June 27th, 2021 at 11 a.m. The family graciously welcomes any donations to The Alzheimer's Association.

 

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