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Kenneth L. "Ken" Dart

July 15, 1959 - August 7, 2021


Kenneth L. Kenneth L. Dart, beloved son, brother, husband, father and friend passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the age of 62.  Ken was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in the Fall of 1996 and received a bone marrow transplant in the fall of 1998 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle WA.  Ken thrived an additional 25 years thanks to Bobby Sheets of Machesney Park, IL who donated his bone marrow.  Ken was born July 15th, 1959 in Spokane WA. He was adopted by loving parents, Elwood G. and Betty Mae Dart on July 31, 1959. Ken attended school in Moses Lake, WA and graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1977 before attending Washington State University and Graduating in 1982 with a B.S. in Horticulture.  Ken spent 39 years using his degree in horticulture working in the agriculture industry.  Ken was the National Technical & Marketing Manager for Agro-K for many years until the time of his death. While Ken was employed with DuPont in Montana, he met and married Cheryl Tresch of Lewistown, MT.   Ken loved using his knowledge of plants at home in his own yard.  He was paid many complements on his green grass and many plants over loaded with blooms.  In October 2002, Ken and Cheryl received their most precious gift, their son, Thomas Kenneth Yoon Ho Dart. Ken loved watching T.K. growing up and becoming a practiced musician.  He was very proud that T.K. will be keeping the Dart tradition of attending Washington State University and continuing his music studies with his violin and pre-med.
 
Ken was preceded in death by his father Elwood G. Dart. He is survived by his wife Cheryl Dart and his son, T.K. Dart both of Salem, OR; his mother, Betty Mae Dart of E. Wenatchee, WA; sister, Denise (Chris) Goetz of E. Wenatchee, WA; nephew, Bryant Goetz of Wenatchee, WA; niece, Natalie (Kane) Johnson of Seattle, WA; brothers - in-law, Dan (LeeAnn) Tresch of Richland, WA and Ted (Hedda) Tresch of Vancouver, WA; nieces, Haley and Kiersten Tresch of Vancouver, WA; Sister in-law, Sara (Dave) Lehner of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as many wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins living in the Wenatchee Valley, Wisconsin, and throughout the U.S.  
 
A Celebration of Ken’s life will be held at the United Methodist Church, 3799 Fairview Canyon Rd, Monitor WA, on Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00 am. Graveside service will immediately follow the celebration of life at the Peshastin Cemetery, Peshastin WA. Memorials may be made to the charity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society https://www.lls.org/ , P. O. Box 22324 New York, NY 10087 or a cancer charity of your choice. 
    

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John R Gaiser--Friend and co-worker of Ken's father, and friend of Ken's mother.



Ken was a great friend and mentor for me at Agro-K, he will be greatly missed! My heartfelt condolences are with you and your family.



May peace be with you Ken, and may peace be with all who morn your passing-your cousin E. Marie



Rest in PEACE Ken!  Cheri - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Ken was an industry leading agronomist and a true friend of our organization.  His presence was felt across all of Western Agriculture and will truly be missed.  



Ken and I were close friends in the agriculture business over the last 8 years.  I would like to express my sympathies to the family.  He will be missed greatly.  

Charley Menagh



I had the pleasure of first knowing Ken on a professional basis, but later as a friend. He truly was a one of a kind guy, always sharing his knowledge in a way that all could understand and learn from it. His visits to the Central Valley of California were always well received and welcomed.
It is hard to believe  that we won't be sharing a glass of wine together at our next sales meeting, or just touching base throughout the year to see how things are going.
  Rest In Peace My Friend!



Growing up in Moses Lake, I was a classmate of Ken's.  We both served as officers for the Class of 1977.  His nickname was "Dartski".  Many wonderful memories from those formative years.  I am sorry for your loss.  



Remember him from jr high and high school..we use to race home on our ten speeds.. loser had to buy winner a ice cream sandwich at taste freeze..he won... (10 cents)..he tried to teach me pool at his house but i never quite got the jist of it..             Rest In Peace my friend...Condolences& prayers to his Wife and family members..



Classmate at Moses Lake High School 1977. Ken was a great human. Always friendly to everyone and well liked. So sad for his loss. Prayers and best wishes to his family. 



My condolences to Ken’s family.  Ken was a very knowledgeable plant physiologist and nutritionist.  He conveyed his vast knowledge to our staff in a way that made a sometimes difficult subject matter very down to earth and applicable.  Ken worked hard and was the best representative we had in regard to plant nutrition and will leave a void in the industry.   But more important I considered Ken a good friend and I will miss him.



RIP Ken



Ken was an amazing friend, colleague and mentor.  Having walked with Ken for a while I am no longer the same person.  As he taught me, talked with me and even argued with me (he was right most of the time), Ken invested in to me and I am eternally grateful.  As I shed more than a few tears for the loss of someone who means so much to me I rejoice in that a good man has gone home to be with his Lord and Saviour.  Rest in peace good friend.

Cheri and TK, my family's prayers are with you both during this time.



I am so sorry for your loss of such a kind and loving gentleman. Ken was a friend in HS and we graduated together in 77. RIP DEAR ONE.



Ken taught Eric & I so much about agronomy. His grower seminars were always well-attended, and I always received such great feedback from those growers about Ken's presentations. Eric and I always looked forward to dinner at McPhee's with Ken. He enjoyed that restaurant so much. Even though he was not local, they knew him by name there. The next glass of wine there is in his honor. My heartfelt condolences to the family.



Ken and I were friends from approximately fourth grade at Knolls Vista Elementary through Moses Lake High School.  His mother was our Cub Scout pack leader.  I remember Ken and his father showed me how to play chess at a small table near the kitchen.  Ken and I were classmates in Miss Anderson’s sixth grade classroom at Knolls Vista. 

I am very sorry to learn about his passing but very happy to read about the strength of his love for family.  I am very proud of my friend, Ken. 



Ken was one of the good guys. My condolences. 



So sorry to hear the passing of Ken he was well liked very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with
He will be missed
My thoughts and prayers are with his family's

Byron Kurosaki
Mid Valley Agricultural Services inc
Livingston California



So sorry to hear of Kens passing . I will truly miss him ,my prayers are hopping you and your family can find peace knowing he is at rest now!!!
Sorry for your loss



I was very sad to hear of Ken's passing. I will truly miss our give & take sessions over breakfast when he traveled to California. He was a wealth of knowledge in addition to being just a great guy. I was honored to call him my friend.



I knew that everything time I met up with Ken I would end up learning things that I didn’t know before.He was a great teacher.He will be missed.



I was very upset to hear of Ken's passing. He started calling on Mid Valley a couple years after I was hired and we hit it off right away. He was a wealth of knowledge and was always happy to share that knowledge. I learned more from him than anyone else. We quickly became good friends and spent many hours talking about everything from work to family to how to solve all the world problems. He was a very valued friend of mine and I will miss him greatly. I've include a picture from a trip he and I went on to Portland with two other guys I work with. I will always cherish the memories we created together. You have my condolences.