Russell King |

Russell King

After battling colon cancer for a year, Russell King died in his sleep Sept. 27. He was 54.

Mr. King lived at South Lake Tahoe for 26 years.

He was born March 13, 1951 in Hawaii. He grew up in San Diego with his seven sisters and two brothers. He met his wife Joanne in San Diego in 1973. After traveling the Northwest to Alaska in the summer of 1979, the Kings moved to Lake Tahoe, where they married in 1982.

Mr. King was a member of Carpenters Local 1789 and was a union carpenter in South Lake Tahoe 26 years until his illness struck in September 2004.

The Kings were childless by choice and pursued many outdoor activities.

Mr. King loved backpacking, fishing, ice hockey, street hockey, snowshoes and cycling. His illness curtailed his physical activities during the last year and he grew close to his dear sisters, his beloved father, brothers and friends. Mr. King’s determination to better himself during this last year was an inspiration to all who fortunate to have known him. He kept a great sense of humor to the end and will be greatly missed by his family and his soulmate Joanne.

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Mr. King was predeceased by his mother Sylvia in 2000.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service that will be held at Saint Theresa Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a reception from 11 a.m. to noon at 1157 Johnson Blvd.