Kenneth (Ken) R. Pope was suddenly and sadly taken on March 1, 2018 at the age of 78. Ken was born in Milwaukee, WI to Robert and Miriam Pope. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Amal, his sister Carolyn Chiriboga, his brother Jimmy Pope (Raenell), son David (Angie Hexum), and daughters Karen (Sherilyn Munger) and Tanya Larese (Sean).
Ken was the proud grandfather of Nathan and Georgia Pope and Alexandra and Austin Larese. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He loved to be surrounded by family and spearheaded many family trips to Tahoe, Yellowstone, Utah, and Hawaii. Ken graduated from Vista High, CA and received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College as a member of its first graduating class in 1961. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Engineering Management. A fulfilling position with Rand Corp. brought him back to California where he settled in West Los Angeles and started a family with first wife, Donna McElwee Pope. Ken transferred to Science Applications International Corporation, and was given the opportunity to live and work in England. After his return to the States, he transferred to SAIC in Virginia where he met and fell in love with Amal and her family. He and Amal traveled extensively with family and friends. Ken retired two years ago from Leidos Inc. after a long and distinguished career in program and proposal management.
Ken was a generous supporter of his alma mater, Harvey Mudd College, and was thrilled to see two of his grandchildren, Nathan (class of 2019) and Georgia (class of 2021), follow in his footsteps and attend the college themselves. A “Celebration of Life” will be held to honor Ken at 1:30 p.m. to 4 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the Abravanel Hall at Ocean Hills Country Club 4701 Leisure Village Way Oceanside, Calif. 92056. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Ken’s honor to the Vista Historical Society and Museum. P.O.Box 1032 Vista, CA 92085