Kenyon Youngstrom Obituary
 
In Memory of

Kenyon Marc Youngstrom

October 8, 1974 - September 5, 2012
Obituary

Kenyon Youngstrom Oct. 8, 1974 - Sept. 5, 2012 California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Marc Youngstrom, of Fairfield, died Sept. 5 in the line of duty. He would have turned 38 next month. Youngstrom's passion for his job was deep, the pride he took in it was obvious to most everyone he met. But his love for his wife and children trumped his dedication to law enforcement. Among his favorite things to do with his family were making Swedish pancakes, playing catch and going for walks. And it was mostly due to his love of animals that the household has had at one time or another a veritable zoo -- from dogs and cats to chickens and...
Kenyon Youngstrom
Oct. 8, 1974 - Sept. 5, 2012


California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Marc Youngstrom, of Fairfield, died Sept. 5 in the line of duty. He would have turned 38 next month.

Youngstrom's passion for his job was deep, the pride he took in it was obvious to most everyone he met.

But his love for his wife and children trumped his dedication to law enforcement. Among his favorite things to do with his family were making Swedish pancakes, playing catch and going for walks. And it was mostly due to his love of animals that the household has had at one time or another a veritable zoo -- from dogs and cats to chickens and bunnies and guinea pigs, plus one resilient cockatiel.

Also important to Youngstrom was his love of God. He was an active member of Community Bible Church in Vallejo, where he served as an usher and directed games for the kids club. His other activities included Kajukenbo, baking, gardening and whistling instead of singing. While some might remember his aversion to dancing, he was actually a closet dancer with some signature goofy moves.

Youngstrom was born in Pasadena on Oct. 8, 1974. He graduated from Arlington High School in Riverside in 1993. He then attended California Baptist, where he met Karen, his future wife. They moved to Vallejo, where they were married in 1994. They had four children: Alex, 16; Madison, 13; Andrew, 10; and Kennedy, 5.

Before becoming a CHP officer, Youngstrom was in the U.S. Army Reserves. The avid Rams (and Angels) fan also worked for the Oakland Football Marketing Association. He entered the CHP Academy in 2006, graduated in 2007 and worked in the Contra Costa office in Martinez. He previously worked at the Golden Gate Division headquarters in Vallejo.

Youngstrom was preceded in death by one of his fellow triplets, Derek. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by parents Guy and Jill Youngstrom, brothers Cameron, Clinton, Brandon and Tyson, and sister Amber. In addition, he is survived by nieces and nephews: Storm, Blaise, Derek, Dylan, Rocklin, Kaije, Drew, Brady, Lars, Chance and Ingrid. He is also survived by parents-in-law Jorge and Reyna Portillo.

A public memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at The Mission in Vacaville, followed by burial at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. After the burial, a reception will be held at The Mission.

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"I had the privilege of working side by side with Ken at OFMA. We shared many grueling hours on the phones. He always found a way to lighten the mood and..." Vanessa Storelli Stewart (Portland, OR)

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