MILLS, Kendall Andrews, Jr. – Santa Barbara News-Press


Kendall Andrews Mills, Jr. passed away peacefully on the morning of December 29, 2021, five days after her 87th birthday. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 24, 1934.
His beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Lloyd Mills, passed away on August 4, 2020. Ken is survived by his three children, Bonnie, David and Chris Mills and their spouses, Doug Eicher, Wanda Mills and Mireille Mills, and their grandchildren Charles Dennis, Addison Mills, Taggart Mills, Tilly Mills, Marisol Mills and Lautner Mills.
A cheerful person who always loved a good joke, Ken was beloved by everyone who knew him. He grew up in Saginaw as an only child surrounded by many cousins ​​and friends with whom he has remained close over the years. He spent wonderful summers with his mother and extended family in Higgins Lake, Michigan. His family have heard many stories over the years of his exploits on the water and in the woods, playing with friends, learning to swim, boating and canoeing, and playing pranks. When he was older, he spent several summers working in the woods of Idaho and Minnesota chopping and cleaning wood from forests.
He attended Cranbrook School in Detroit, then Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where, as a senior, he began dating his future wife, Lloyd. After graduation, he joined the United States Army and trained at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, and was posted to Kassel, Germany for two years. He and Lloyd married on July 1, 1957 and began their married life on an adventure in Monterey and Germany.
They loved their stay in Germany and were able to take advantage of the weekends to visit other parts of Europe. After his military service was over, Ken moved with Lloyd and his new daughter Bonnie to Michigan. Ken returned to school and received an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1961. In 1962, Ken’s work in sales took him to Los Angeles, California. Moving to Pasadena, Ken continued his work in sales and investing and had two more children, David and Chris.
In June 1972, Ken and his family moved from Pasadena to Solvang, California. They wanted a change of pace for their family, spend more time outdoors and get involved in the local community. Over the years, Ken has been involved with many organizations including local Rotary, Solvang Theaterfest, Santa Ynez High School, Family School, Dunn School, Cottage Hospital Foundation, and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. Ken was known in the community for volunteering his time and being a generous supporter of many different causes.
Ken loved to be involved in sports and physical activities. In high school and college he played on many teams and later remained active with tennis, golf, cycling, running and walking. In the late 1980s he and Lloyd developed a passion for hiking, making numerous trips to the Santa Barbara area, the Grand Canyon, Utah, as well as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Over time, they started to organize their own trips to Austria and Switzerland to share their joy of the mountains with friends and others. They were the happiest of these trips, sharing their passion for nature, tough days on the trail, great food, and great conversations with friends.
In lieu of cards or flowers, the family is asking for donations in Ken’s memory to be made to the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, the Cottage Hospital Foundation in Santa Ynez, or the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter. The family would like to thank the special friends and caregivers who have made Ken’s life more comfortable and peaceful over the past two years. The family know that your dedication and care for Ken brought joy to his later years.


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