St. George, Utah –
Kenneth Alfred Brasseau, age 86, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022
Ken was born on March 4, 1936, in Gerrish, New Hampshire, to William (Bill) Harold Brasseau and Laura Edith Carr. He married Billie ‘Joyce’ Brasseau on December 8, 2001, in the San Diego Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ken was raised in Concord, New Hampshire, where he graduated from Concord High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 17. He was stationed at Sampson AFB in New York for basic training, then Amarillo AFB in Texas, and George AFB near Victorville, California. He was awarded the Efficiency, Fidelity, and Honor medal around 1955. Ken served as an aircraft mechanic and then transferred his duties to be a records clerk in the office. He served from 1954 – 1958. He met and married Karen Davis in California in 1957 and they had 5 children. Dad later adopted our youngest brother, Michael Jared. After living in San Diego for over 60 years, we moved him and Joyce to St. George, Utah in 2019 so we could get help take care of Joyce.
Ken loved the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres. He was a season ticket holder for both sports teams for a number of years. He also loved skiing, golfing, playing tennis, fishing, and camping. He managed a number of Shell gas stations in southern California, until he bought his own Shell station at the corner of Texas Street and El Cajon Blvd. After selling the station, he drove his own Mac Tool truck for a short time. He began working for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Facilities Manager over all of Southern California. He loved his job and all the wonderful people he worked with during that time. After 25 years, He retired from his position with the church in December of 2006. Ken also worked part-time for the San Diego Padres as a ticket taker at the gates. This allowed him to see all the home games. He worked his way up to the position of GSR (Guest Service Representative) as a Captain. He had an amazing team of people whom he loved. They became his Padre family. He loved starting his weekly meetings with them with a story and a positive message. They lovingly called him papa or Kenny B. He worked for the Padres for over 20 years.
Ken loved his children. He was often found in the backyard pool carrying one, and sometimes three of his kids on his back as he swam laps. He loved having fun and as grandkids arrived, he would travel to various states to visit and spend time with each of his kids and grandkids. He loved going on roller coasters with the grandkids at Disneyland and Sea World. As the grandkids grew and cell phones became more popular, he would often be found making silly faces with the grandkids for a selfie picture. He was a generous and giving man, often helping his kids and grandkids when they were struggling financially or offering encouragement when going through life trials. When family would visit, he loved taking them to dinner and going to Cold Stone for an ice-cream cone. He dearly loved Joyce and would do anything for her. He loved giving her gifts that he knew would make her smile or laugh. They always kept a notebook at the front door where they would write sweet notes to each other when they left the house. He loved sending cards for birthdays, holidays, or for any reason he could think of. He put a lot of thought into buying each card, to make sure it said everything that was in his heart. Ken was hard working, honest and full of integrity. He was a man to look up to and emulate. He was our hero.
Ken is survived by his children; Michael (Tammy) Brasseau of Salem, Oregon; Melanie McElroy, St. George, Utah; Linda (Willie) Blocker of Salt Lake City, Utah; Michael Jared (Nicole) Brasseau of Reno, Nevada; 16 Grandchildren, 38 Great Grandchildren; and his sister Beatrice Matulaitis of York, S. Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Laura Brasseau; Spouse Billie ‘Joyce’ Brasseau; daughter, Cindy Louise Brasseau; son, David Allen Brasseau; granddaughter Kellie Ann McElroy, and brother-in-law Joe Matulaitis.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 1:00 pm and Tonaquint Cemetery, located at 1777 S. Dixie Dr. St. George, Utah 84770. Everyone who is able to come celebrate Ken’s life are welcome. Internment will take place after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to The Giving Machine. Please choose one of the many options available. The website is:
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dixie Home Rehab and Hospice, specifically his nurses Cindy and Georgia, aide Henry, Chaplain Pamela and social worker Jillynn. These beautiful people cared for and loved Ken, not only during his time of need, but also during the time they cared for Joyce. We love and appreciate each one of them.
Also, Ashley, his caretaker at Southern Comfort Care at the Cottages, who cared for our sweet dad the last week of his life. Thank you!
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St. St. George, Utah, (435-673-2454).
Friends and family are invited to sign Ken’s online guest book at