Kenneth Ray Markham was born to Raymond Walker and Merille (Harpole) Markham in Burbank.
Kenneth enjoyed surfing the California beaches. Then CARS became his passion. He loved working on them, it was hands-on. He enjoyed music all his life and worked at a stereo repair shop (Perfection Audio), inside the Hollywood Federated Electronics — they had all the newest equipment. He was like a kid in a candy store! He met so many musicians … liked most.
He met Donna Fern at a wedding in 1972, married in 1980 and started Markham Construction. He did new construction but found remodel challenging. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. With his body getting older, he went into wholesaling lumber at Eugene Forest, Shasta Sierra, Wildwood and the 2002 started Bear Creek Lumber.
He retired to build a ’55 Ford fir Woodburn Racetrack… what fun he had! He loved animals, his dogs were always at his side whether in the truck, classic car or bed. Progression of dementia stopped him from driving, so his buddies would take him out is his ’55 Ford or their cool cars. Thanks to all who put a smile on his face and shared time and laughter together.
He leaves behind his wife, Donna Markham; sister, Mary Janette (Robert) Adams; adopted sister, Robin (Thwing) Havens); nieces, Lisa (Andy) Hazlewood, Heather Fern and Deanna Mastenson; and all his many friends who he considered family. He was preceded by his adopted brother, Russell Szerlip, and his nephew, William Adams.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Greenhill Humane Society and Peacehealth Sacred Heart Hospice. They have the kindest, caring and most knowledgeable staff. Thank you.
This is so sad... I knew Kenny best from Miller Elementary School in Burbank. He was a nice, fun loving friend. RIP Kenny.
A FEW FACEBOOK COMMENTS...
boy do I remember Kenny - especially from Miller.
Well we all knew Markham he was cool guy and a racer he will be missed...see you at the 1/4 strip in heaven...RIP
I must say Kenny was a legend in his own time!
Rest In Peace, Sir.
I remember him. R.I.P. Ken..
Donna Luce Veatch Neitman
Condolences and 🙏🙏🙏 to his family! RIP Kenny
Bobbi Richards Bishara
I remember Kenny from Miller through BHS. He was a really good guy…. RIP🙏
Cecilia Olga Aguirre Sheehan
Awe., Kenny Markham! New him! So sad ! Hope he knew Jesus ‘
An old 🏄♂️ surfing buddy of mine in years gone by! He’s a good Bro 😎🙏❤️
Susan Anderson Huggitt
My sister,class of 68, dated him. He was a good guy. RIP Kenny❤️
Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace ⚘️
Jennifer Dale Schatz
So sorry to hear. RIP 😢
Barbara Zelenay Berry
So sad. I've know Kenny since elementary school even thought he was at another. His dad and my step dad worked at the same fire station up on Bel Aire. RIP dear Kenny
RIP Bulldog 🙏
He was a friendly, fun guy, with gorgeous eyes. I remember him well. Love to his family.
Lisa Adams Hazlewood
RIP Uncle Kenny 💕
You showed them how to do it ...
Knew Kenny in high school. Went to church with his mom. R I P
You are missed Uncle Ken
Mary Kathleen Black
Kenny had a good heart, a sweet nature, and showed extraordinary kindness. I have many fond memories of him.
Christine Smith Carroll
So sad, he had the most beautiful blue eyes. RIP Kenny 🙏❤️
Thinking of his cars and as a surfer too, as well as a friend!
He was a nice kid at Miller. Beautiful big blue eyes. RIP
Debbie Lynn Nicastro
RIP Kenny! Blessings to you family🙏🌹
I remember him so well. ❤️ If I remember his Dad was a fireman.
I remember him too. RIP Kenny😢