Remembering Kenneth M. Lowthian, 1926-2021

Family and friends are remembering Kenneth M. Lowthian, and sharing this remembrance with his community:

Kenneth McDonald Lowthian was born on October 14, 1926 in Seattle. He passed away on January 24, 2021. Ken lived his whole life in West Seattle.

He was a graduate of West Seattle High School, the University of Washington, did graduate work at the U of W College of Education, and participated in a program for Urban Executives at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ken spent his career working for the City of Seattle, and was Superintendent of the Water Department when he retired in 1987.

He served on the Board of Directors at The Kenney, the board of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association, and the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Seattle, a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, belonged to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and was a retired Naval Reservist.

Scouting played a major role in Ken’s life for over 50 years. He gave credit to his belief in the program by following the Boy Scout law and oath. He received both the Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver awards. He always had wonderful memories of scouting, especially of Camp Parsons.

Ken had a great love for the outdoors. He loved mountain climbing, backpack hiking, and camping. He embraced his Scottish Heritage, loved to travel, play bridge, antiquing and reading.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy, his second wife Fay, and his brother Ron.

Ken is survived by his four children Vicki Jo (Ron), Burien; Riley (Carol), Duvall; Sharon (Rick), Eugene, OR; and Scott (Diana), Billings, MT. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial for Ken will be held at a later date due to COVID concerns. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116.

Please share memories of Ken and condolences with his family at * Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle

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6 Replies to "Remembering Kenneth M. Lowthian, 1926-2021"

  • namercury February 5, 2021 (9:47 am)

    I had the pleasure of working with Ken when he was Superintendent of the Seattle Water Department.  Ken was a strong advocate for the interests of the City of Seattle but very reasonable in finding interagency solutions to water supply and environmental issues.   I offer my condolences to his family and friends.   

  • Maggie and Paul Abrahamson February 5, 2021 (1:19 pm)

    Always thoughtful, always kind, always a gentleman, it was our great privilege to know Ken.  We will miss him.  Our sincerest sympathy to his family.

  • Audrey Hansen February 5, 2021 (2:50 pm)

    Condolences to Ken’s family. I worked with Ken at SWD. An affaable boss, public servant, and good human. Please let me know when there will be a service, I will alert others as well. Audrey Hansen

  • Cynthia & Bruce February 5, 2021 (4:21 pm)

    A great neighbor and dear friend, he will be missed.  A kind, sweet man who taught us much about West Seattle and the Olympic Mountains.  It makes us happy, tho, to know that he is with his lovely Fay once again.

  • Kristi Mandt February 5, 2021 (6:27 pm)

    I had the honor and privilege of working with Ken when we were both officers of the West Seattle Chamber in the early and mid-1990’s.  He was a smart, decent and very kind man.  Condolences to his family.

  • Clay Eals February 8, 2021 (11:40 am)

    Ken was the consummate gentleman, involved in the West Seattle community in myriad ways, including helping to officiate at the June 6, 2014, unveiling of the Admiral totem pole at the Log House Museum of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. I am attaching a story on Ken that we ran on Nov. 27, 1986, upon his retirement when I was editor of the West Seattle Herald. It was an honor to share some of this life with him.

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