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Kenneth Francis Nye

Life of Kenneth Francis Nye:  

Ken was born November 26, 1952, in Ankara, Turkey to USAF Col. (Ret.) Robert Millard Nye and Shirley Wood Nye.

  Ken was a military veteran serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era (1971-1980) and in 1991 he served in the United States Army and was trained as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  He was also an Instructor at the National Guard Academy teaching Cavalry Scouts at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas in 1991.

Ken was also an academic, graduating with a BA from Kearney State College  in 1973 with a major in economics.  He was honored to be appointed as a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (The International Economic Honor Society) in 1973 – the first to be initiated to this institution from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney).

Following his undergraduate education, Ken attended St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas receiving his Juris Doctor (JD) in 1976 completing law school in three years.   He  graduated from Naval Justice School in 1978 while serving in the United States Marine Corps, and then  at the University of San Diego School of Law he earned a graduate diploma in Law and Taxation in 1980. Ken stayed in academia as a college Professor at Mira Costa College, CA (1980)  and an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University, TX (1980-1983).

Ken spent the majority of his professional life as an attorney for more than 40 years and has remained a current Member of the State Bars of Texas (since 1976) and California (since 1980). Board Certified, Civil Trial Law –Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1988 to present.   He is also a member of the Texas Bar College.  

Ken was a devoted father, husband, brother and friend. His personal life was full of adventure and service. He was an Eagle Scout (earning Bronze and Gold Palms), Boy Scout (Order of the Arrow) and then became a Scout Master. He enjoyed Scuba Diving (PADI Certified), Flying Airplanes as a certified multi-engine rated pilot and Team Roping.   He was also owner and operator of two rodeo arenas.  

He is survived by family and friends who will always love him dearly.

Per Ken's request, he did not want a funeral or memorial service.  He will be laid to rest during a committal ceremony on a deployed United States Navy Vessel through the Burial at Sea Program: A Time Honored Tradition. 

The family will accept friends for visitation on Friday June, 22 2018 at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston, Texas at



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