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Ken Lindsey

Wednesday, July 20th, 1949 - Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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Ken Lindsey, 71, passed away March 18, 2021, at home in the loving presence of his beloved daughter, Holly.

Ken was born in San Antonio, and was a Texan through and through. By the time he graduated from high school, he had attended 13 different schools. He attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering. Ken joined the Arlington Police Department while attending college full-time and left that position following his graduation from college to enter the U.S. Navy as an Air Intelligence officer. He continued in the Naval Reserve following his release from active duty and eventually left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was always proud that he was able to serve his city as a police officer and his country as a naval officer. After leaving active duty with the navy, Ken joined Lockheed Martin as a computer engineer and retired after 37 years with the company. It was his first and only job after leaving the navy.

Ken was a man of wide-ranging interests and a keen intellect; he enjoyed knowledge for its own sake. During his navy service he learned Russian just for the challenge. He read widely in the fields of history, technology, computer science, and science fiction to name just a few. Ken was the “go to” guy for obscure information among his friends, and there were few questions he couldn’t answer. He had unbounded faith in the ability of technology to transform society, and considered it a personal affront that the flying car was not delivered in his lifetime. Ken enjoyed cars, the more exotic and faster the better, and felt that like clothes they should be changed often. While he enjoyed his Corvette, 280Z, and Dodge Magnum, he always thought they could be improved with bigger engines. He did not consider moderation in speed or technology to be a virtue.

Ken was fascinated by science fiction and science fantasy, and was an ardent follower of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Marvel and D.C. comic movies and television shows, especially if they were offered in a theater with THX or other enhanced sound. What really made the show for Ken, though, was being able to see it with his daughter, Holly.

There was always the latest and greatest desktop computer on his desk. Not content with what the amateurs at Dell, Apple, and IBM offered, Ken built his computers himself, picking out everything from the processor, to the motherboard, to the unique looking computer case.

Above all else, Ken loved his family. He made a point to visit with his mother regularly and looked after her as she became older. He enjoyed spending time with his younger brother Lance and sister-in-law Pamela. Ken had family in neighboring states and was able to see them when he traveled for work and did his best to see them after retirement. Family visits with aunts, uncles, and cousins included plenty of home cooked food, lots of laughs, and hours of dominoes.

Ken will be remembered as a man who had a big heart, that loved teaching and sharing knowledge, who could tell the most detailed information about what seemed to be random things, and while he wasn’t the kind to say “ I Love You” very often, he sure could give a big bear hug that said all that and more.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Lester Lindsey, his mother, Jeri Warner, stepfather Noel Warner, and his beloved brother, Lance Lindsey. He is survived by his sister-in-law Pamela Lindsey, daughter, Holly Lindsey Taylor and her husband, Ryan Taylor.

A funeral service will be held April 19, at 11:15am, 2021, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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    Monday, April 19th, 2021 | 11:15am
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    Monday, April 19th, 2021 11:15am
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    Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery
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    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
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Roel Chapa

Posted at 07:04am
With heartfelt condolences, from Robin and I. I will always remember your dad's conversions and we had many of them. I will surely miss Ken.
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Jerry Kendrick

Posted at 11:56am
I knew Ken for over 50 years, beginning when we were both hired on as NCIC computer operators for Arlington P.D. Although he pretty much lived his life like his hero, Spock, he had an innate sense of compassion for others that often surprised me. He was proud of his time with the PD, and proud to have served his country in the Navy. His daughter, Holly, was the light of his life, and she devoted herself to looking after him in the past few years. Go in peace, my old friend, and know that you are missed.
 
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Elsie Davis Posted at 11:34pm

Never got to meet Ken but will remember he loved my organic figs and grapes in exchange for Holly’s pickles. I know he was in great care with daughter Holly as I was when she cared for me as I cared for my mother with Alzheimers. Thank you, sir, for raising an awesome daughter. Will play a round of dominoes for you!
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