HICO ó Kenneth Lynn Hinds, 63, passed away Monday, March 31, 2008, after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Burial followed in Nancy Smith Cemetery in Somervell County.

Ken served in the United States Navy for four years and was a Vietnam Veteran. He had a long and distinguished career with the Fort Worth Fire Department. In his 20 years with the department, Ken made many wonderful friends. In 1998, he was named Fire Prevention Employee of the Year. Ken was also proud to serve as Fire Marshall.

Upon retiring in 1999, he pursued his life-long passion of panning for gold in California. Ken and his business partner founded the Marmot Mining Company, which they led to international status.

Ken embraced his Native American heritage. He was an avid gardener, dabbled in vintage car restoration and creating art. Ken worked tirelessly last summer amidst bear, deer and elk, clearing his land in Chama, New Mexico.

Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Hinds.

Survivors include his wife, Denise; daughter, Becky and husband, Damon, and grandchildren Kali and Alexander; step daughter, Jennifer; father, Leonard; sister, Sue and husband, David, and niece Lori; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

Memorials: Firemanís Relief Fund, P.O. Box 6838, Fort Worth, Texas 76115; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, P.O. Box 96836, Washington, DC 20090; St. Labre Indian School, P.O. Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003.

Published April 10, 2008

Glen Rose Reporter