Kenneth John Weigel, 66, passed away at home Saturday, Sept. 30. He was a dedicated father and loyal veterinarian who had an unmatched enthusiasm for life. With a boyish curiosity that never wavered, he loved learning and was truly a lifelong student.
Born in San Francisco, he graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1969. With a passion for medicine and animals, he immediately embarked on what would become a more than 40-year career. He attended the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1976 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Ken traveled the world and lived in Mexico before settling back down in the Bay Area where he raised three children. Ken owned the former Palo Alto Pet Hospital and was serving clients at the VCA before his untimely death.
Ken loved spending time outdoors hiking, skiing, fishing, exploring the world and visiting his Nevada City home. He enjoyed dancing, riding motorcycles and tinkering with mechanics. Ken had a scientific mind but a creative spirit and deeply appreciated the arts. He cared for his community and gave back through the Rotary Club. Ken’s sense of humor ran deep and his belly-aching laughs reverberated within friends and loved ones.
His life was cut tragically short after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ken is survived by his children Samantha, Callie and Cameron; his brother Doug (wife Karen) and sister Linda (husband Bob); and his loving girlfriend Pam Lim. He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Rose.
His family appreciates the care Ken received from PAMF, Stanford and Mission Hospice.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held 1-4 p.m. Friday Oct. 13 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
To honor his memory please consider making a donation in Ken’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancan.org; or the American Humane Society, americanhumane.org.