Obituary of Kenneth William Nauman, Jr.
At home with family and friends by his side, Ken Nauman, having fought a contest of wills with cancer for over a year, embarked upon his next adventure, leading the way ahead and mapping out the trail for the rest of us. Firstborn in Sacramento, CA. to Kenneth Sr. and Marguerite Nauman, he attended C.K. McClatchy High, Sacramento City College, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Political Science. Ken attended Mc- George Law School for 1 ½ years, but classes were interrupted by the call to Duty. Ken served his country in combat as an Air Force pilot and gunship commander during the Viet Nam war and afterwards in other duties in the Reserves. During this time Ken started his young family, and with his former wife Mary Ann Conner raised two accomplished daughters, Kiersten and Wendy, who in turn later became mothers to Ken’s two beautiful granddaughters. In civilian life, Ken worked with F.E.M.A., starting with the agency at its early inception, working as a Planner in Disaster Preparedness and later, Flood Plain Management. After retirement, Ken retained his connection as a Disaster Reservist and was integral in the post-Katrina recovery efforts as well as with many other flood-related national disasters. Throughout all of his travels he consistently met and kept new friends, with whom he maintained warm relationships. His interests were varied and life-long: in rebuilding and restoring houses, in travel, cooking, playing golf, creative writing and trains – be they steam, diesel, or Lionel. He was a valuable volunteer and/or Board Member in numerous organizations, utilizing his skills in planning, governance, site construction, and levity. From childhood he loved the mountains around Lake Tahoe and subsequently built his own cabin there amongst the trees – his favorite moments being inside with family and friends during a snowstorm, in front of the fireplace with a great book, Spanish guitar on the CD player, and an Irish coffee in hand. He adopted his father’s Cal football team and held season tickets for over 30 years. He was THERE and witnessed ‘The Play’. Those with relationships to ‘Stanfurd’ were forgiven for their ignorance and were encouraged to mend their ways. His Big Game tailgate brunches were legendary (he did ALL the cooking, and kept the Gin Fizzes a-comin’), and he was known to sing the disreputable Cal drinking song to small children. After retiring and establishing a home in Nevada City with his second wife Lorraine, both enjoyed entertaining at home and extensive travel stateside and throughout Europe. Ken created haunted houses for Halloween and loved his alter-ego as the ‘Goblin of East Broad Street’. He was a man of youthful energy; integrity; purpose; and quiet – often anonymous – generosity. He saw workable challenge where others saw discouragement, but didn’t “suffer fools”. He endeavored to help where he could, uplift when he could, and repeatedly demonstrated his fondness for his friends by numerous small actions. He himself was so greatly loved and will ever be missed. Ken was pre-deceased by his parents and daughter Kiersten Elise Conner-Sax. He leaves behind his sister Nancy Frame (Paul), daughter Wendy Nauman, granddaughter Kiley Conner-Sax, granddaughter Mary Grace Nauman, former wife Mary Ann Conner, wife Lorraine Rolff Nauman, extended family and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat. January 23, from 1 – 4 pm at the Veteran’s Hall in Nevada City, 415 North Pine Street. Those who knew him are welcome and encouraged to attend and share with us your memories over a light repast.
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