Kenneth “Ken” Paul Sutton

image of Kenneth Sutton

Kenneth Sutton

Kenneth Paul Sutton, 81, of Bothell, Washington, passed away October 24, 2020. He was born March 27, 1939 in southern Alabama to Anna P. Matthews (née Sutton).

Ken went to Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957. He achieved the rank of Airman Second Class and got to travel the world. Not only was Ken a veteran who served, he also worked in public safety in corrections, worked as a food service manager for 25 years before retiring and moving to Washington where he worked another 15 years as a security officer and quartermaster.  He was a man who had served people, for all his life. He may not have lived the most prestigious or decorated life, but he will always be remembered for having decorated our lives.

image of Kenneth SuttonHis favorite pastime was photography. He had an eye for detail, and it showed in all his prints. His annual, self-portrait, Christmas card was his pride and joy. This annual card will be missed by many friends and family spread out across the U.S. He was also the non-official event photographer for the last 15 years at his security job, where he was more than just an employee. He was family at every major event and it was his passion to get all the candid shots.

Ken is survived by his half-brother, Henry (Jane) Matthews of Florida, and half-sister, Nanette (Steve) Wallace of Tennessee, as well as countless other friends and family who had the joy of knowing him. He is preceded in death by his mother Anna P. Matthews (née Sutton).

Ken will be laid to rest at the Tahoma National Cemetery on November 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the following charities:

American Cancer Society
5601 6th Ave. S. Suite 491
Seattle, WA 98108


National Kidney Foundation

Please Reference: In honor of Kenneth Sutton

6 Responses to “Kenneth “Ken” Paul Sutton”

  • Deidra Wolfe says:

    Words do no justice for the type of relationship that Ken and I developed in his last days here on earth. I will remember him always and see him on the other side. He was an amazing man that will be missed by many far and wide.

  • Jeremi Ross says:

    Ken was a friend, coworker, and family. I will greatly miss him, and his company. My prayers are with his family, and their loss, as we too, share those feelings.

    Ken, thank you for always being there; always smiling, always willing to help. Though we never got to see your last Christmas photo, I know your wishes of seeing you in a photo standing at railroad tracks, smiling and waiving goodbye, are etched into my mind.
    I pray you’ve now found peace, dear friend.

  • Shannon Bossi says:


    Thank you for the gift of your friendship and – artist to artist – thank you for helping me ‘see’ and savor the present again… You showed me that the world is a fleetingly beautiful mosaic of experiences; the sum of memories that fade and tarnish with the fog of time. It is only through the diligent photographer that we are given grace to savor those bright glimpses.

    May you now always have the best view of everything… I will miss you…

  • Stephen Giljum says:

    I worked with Ken for a number of years when I first started with the company. He was an extremely competent officer, I learned a lot from him. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed.

  • Melissa Evans says:

    My Uncle Ken was a man of many great qualities, but his passion for photography and jovial personality are the memories I will forever cherish. Never without a smile on his face, he loved life and was always ready for a good laugh. His amazing photos shows the beauty of everything around us and I’ll miss seeing the world through his candid eye. Rest In Peace, Uncle Ken. The world isn’t going to be the same without you.

  • Heather Yee says:

    Uncle Ken, I will always remember when Denny and I were in California years ago and you came to see us, my heart was so happy. You were a gentle giant, fun,loving man that will be missed by many. I wish I had your eye for photography and maybe one day I will eventually get it. I know Grandma was waiting for you with open arms. Rest in peace and pain free,love you Uncle Ken

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