Saturday, August 13, 2011

Karl Kenyon 1918 --2011

In Memorial

Karl B. Kenyon, 1918 – 2011, has left the range          
Karl Beau Chene Kenyon, a resident of Ely, Nevada for 91 years, passed away in Sandy, Utah on Friday, July 29, 2011, at the age of 93. Karl was born on June 28, 1918, in Ely, Nevada to Douglas and Isabella Kenyon. On April 29, 1939, he married Zoe Anderson in Ely, Nevada. He served in the Army during WWII in both France and Belgium. Karl was an assayer and chemist for Kennecott in Ruth and McGill. Shortly after WWII, he developed his passion for guns into what would become a life long career in gunsmithing. He designed and built his own trigger for target rifles (known worldwide as the “Kenyon” trigger) and soon became one of the premier gunsmiths in the world.
Karl is survived by his children: Ronald E. (Ardath) Kenyon, Reginald D. (Alicia) Kenyon and Terry K. (Nickie) Kenyon; his brother Arien Wise; 20 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Zoe, daughter Gayle Bronson, and brothers Doug Kenyon and Duke Hermansen.

The Shooting community lost a great friend this past week. Karl was legend in Sm Bore circles and will be missed by all.  His accomplishments were many, but he was best known for his redesign of the famous Winchester Mod 52 micromotion trigger.  Three years ago, I had Karl work his magic on my M-52 trigger and what a sweet trigger group it is now.  Karl loved to talk on the phone with shooters and customers, and I twice enjoyed shooting stories from Karl, when I was his customer.  
Karl Kenyon - Rest in Peace
We are diminished.

From Kurt Borlaug:
 " Jim, Sad to hear but I believe I heard earlier this year he was failing. Isn't it wonderful that God gives us passions that reach so many in ways we could never concieve of. Just imagine what he saw as an improvement to an already good mechanism and a desire to surpass it. One can only ponder how many shooters put extra X's into a target from his talent.
 Thanks for the notice, Kurt."

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