Kenneth William Garth, Jr.
Kenneth William Garth Jr. was born in Houston, TX on January 24, 1980. He passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at the age of 41 years in Austin, TX. Ken became interested in BMX in 8th grade and raced at numerous tracks throughout Texas. At age 16 he came in 3rd place in the “Race of Champions”. After competing for 3 days, he won 4th place out of the country in the “Grand Nationals” in Tulsa OK. After graduating from Brazoswood High School he moved to San Antonio, TX. Ken designed and built memorable BMX trails known throughout the world. He worked at various jobs and attended Hallmark University. He graduated with an AAS in Airframe & Powerplant from the College of Aeronautics. Ken resided in Austin, TX where he built his future. Shortly thereafter he was employed by Berry Aviation as an Aviation Technician. When an opportunity arose to travel, he accepted a job as a contractor working in Afghanistan. He attended Veracity Aviation Flight School in 2016. Ken decided to start his own helicopter business in November of 2017 called “ATX HELI TOURS” which he partnered with his classmate, Glen Crawley. Kenneth was blessed to travel to various cities in Europe, Asia, South America, and had planned to visit Australia in the Spring.
Ken loved flying, snowboarding, skiing, snorkeling, skateboarding and of course riding his bike. He had a Godgiven natural ability for Art and won awards in Indianapolis and Texas. He also enjoyed sketching pictures of people and places wherever he went. When he was not drawing, Ken used photography to capture time and places. After 9 years and 10 months as a contractor, Ken started another business called “True Grit Garage” rebuilding vintage trucks. He also purchased and started upgrading a four passenger Mooney airplane. Everything Ken touched grew into success, he was such an incredible, passionate and impactful young man that touched each and every one of our hearts.
He is survived by parents, Kenneth W. Garth Sr. and Geraldine G. Garth of Dickinson, TX; sister, Kandace E. Garth-Daniels and husband Ricardo of League City, TX; niece, Cierrah E. Risner and nephew, Jayden T. Risner of League City, TX; uncles, Rev. Lionel Gamble and wife Mildred of Kansas City, MO and Charles Gamble of Corpus Christi, TX; aunt, Zelma J. Gamble-Hall of Evansville, IN; and the love of his life, Morgan S. Ticknor of Austin, TX; numerous cousins, family, neighbors, and friends.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Chapel of Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591. Ken’s Celebration of Life will be celebrated on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00am at Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, TX.