Ken Hood, born August 9, 1953, died suddenly on March 18, 2008. Ken was a gentle soul, a quiet man who was a role model to many people whose lives he touched.
He was a loving husband to his wife of 30 years, Margie Hood, and a loving father to Melissa, Chris and Mark. You could say Ken gave more than he got, but that would be wrong, because he knew giving was the greatest gift. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends in need. Ken came to South Lake Tahoe after graduating from Cupertino High School for the skiing and never left.
He helped coach football at South Lake Tahoe Hugh School while his children were students and for many years after they graduated. He enjoyed fly fishing, especially at the West Walker River. His greatest joy came from spending time with his granddaughter, Kaya Green.
Ken was the beverage manager at the Horizon Casino. He was a dedicated, hard working and well respected employee at the Horizon where he went by the nickname Spike. As a bartender he saw all sides of life, but never let it get him down.
He maintained a positive attitude, greeted everyone with a big smile, and didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. His life ended too soon and he will be missed by all his family and friends. His son, Mark Hood, preceded him in death.
He leaves behind his wife, Margie Hood of South Lake Tahoe; daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, Melissa, Josh, and Kaya Green of Napa; son, Chris Hood of San Diego; father, Don Hood, of Lakeport; brothers and sisters, Joanne Allen of El Dorado, Elaine Gerdin of Colorado Springs, Larry Hood of Weed, Dennis Hood of West Point, Carolyn Hood of San Jose, and Maureen Brown of Garden Valley; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, at St. Theresa Church. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Horizon.