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Hoyt Reese Kenmore

Canyon, Texas

April 11, 1930 - June 21, 2024

Hoyt Reese Kenmore Obituary

Hoyt Reese Kenmore

Sunrise 4/11/1930-Sunset 6/21/2024


What do you say about a man that lived almost a century, about a man who lived well and laughed hard?


Hoyt was that man. He lived a life full of love, happiness, adventures, and international travel. He grew up traveling between west Texas and the panhandle of Oklahoma, but called Dimmitt home. He played six-man football in high school, attended West Texas State College, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from March 1955 to February 1957. He was proud that the Kenmore family had someone in every war or major conflict from the American Revolution to present.


Hoyt started out with the intent to farm with his brother, but ended up spending 40 years working to support and improve the Arizona Industrial Arts education system and became the Industrial Arts Supervisor for the State of Arizona. He was a founder on the board for the national American Industrial Art Student Association (AIASA), and the State Director of AIASA in Arizona.


He loved drafting, working with wood and sheet metal. He designed and built numerous pieces of furniture, including doll cabinets, end tables, a family heirloom baby cradle, and hundreds of individually handcrafted keyholders, just to name a few. While working at Hughes Aircraft he designed and fabricated pieces that are on display in the Smithsonian and are currently on the Moon. He had an opportunity to stay with Hughes, but his heart was in teaching and helping kids to learn about industrial arts.


Hoyt was a man of God, the Christian God. Through many of life's struggles and challenges his belief in Our Heavenly Father never wavered. He taught his kids, grandkids and great grandkids to have faith in God and always put family first.


Hoyt married the first love of his life, Alice Pierce on December 26, 1958. He liked to say they met on Halloween, got engaged Thanksgiving and married Christmas! Many thought it wouldn't last, and I guess they were right as it only lasted 62 years! In that time, Hoyt and Alice had two children, Neal and Nina. The family moved around Arizona from Tucson to Flagstaff. Hoyt and Alice found their final home in Payson where they worked with Payson Community Kids and the local Church. Hoyt served on city boards and helped to grow Payson into a flourishing and welcoming community. Hoyt and Alice also worked with the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, combining their research for the Kenmores, Pierces Conners, and Rushings with 100’s of other families across the United States. They always opened their home to hold many family gatherings, and their favorite, family reunions. They lived in Payson for well over 30 years.


After Alice passed, his kids encouraged him to get out, meet new friends, and get reacquainted with old friends still living in the valley. Barbara was one of those colleagues he reconnected with. They worked together in the Department of Education. Her husband had passed the year before Alice. They got together for coffee, even a few secret double dates with their grandchildren; they went to the movies and the musical instruments museum. Barbara and Hoyt were like young love birds, holding hands and catching kisses. Meanwhile, their kids were in the dark, wondering if they were dating. Barbara became the second love of his life, and they married on March 27, 2022. Their marriage was short, but full of much love, laughter, and happiness.


Hoyt was an eclectic storyteller. From a young toddler traipsing chocolate pudding around the house, to his teenage driving antics, to being 92 and enjoying camping and hunting with family. He shared stories from his journeys and lessons he learned as a boy into becoming a man. When you need a moment, take a breath, close your eyes, and remember your favorite one. There he is sitting with you talking you through it, step-by-step.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. He is survived by more than a hundred kids, grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews. After the death of his brother Herschel and sister Monette many of his nieces and nephews frequently called him for advice.


Whether we called you Hoyt, Dad, Papa, Uncle or Friend, you will be dearly missed! You will always be well remembered for your many stories, kindness, fudge, and your deep resilient faith in God.


We love you!



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Hoyt Reese Kenmore hosted by Brooks Funeral Directors.

Hoyt Reese Kenmore

Sunrise 4/11/1930-Sunset 6/21/2024


What do you say about a man that lived almost a century, about a man who lived well and laughed hard?


Hoyt was that man. He lived a life full of love, happiness, adventures, and international travel. He grew up traveling between west Texas and the panhandle of Oklahoma, but called Dimmitt home. He played six-man football in high school, attended West Texas State College, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from March 1955 to February 1957. He was proud that the Kenmore family had someone in every war or major conflict from the American Revolution to present.


Hoyt started out with the intent to farm with his brother, but ended up spending 40 years working to support and improve the Arizona Industrial Arts education system and became the Industrial Arts Supervisor for the State of Arizona. He was a founder on the board for the national American Industrial Art Student Association (AIASA), and the State Director of AIASA in Arizona.


He loved drafting, working with wood and sheet metal. He designed and built numerous pieces of furniture, including doll cabinets, end tables, a family heirloom baby cradle, and hundreds of individually handcrafted keyholders, just to name a few. While working at Hughes Aircraft he designed and fabricated pieces that are on display in the Smithsonian and are currently on the Moon. He had an opportunity to stay with Hughes, but his heart was in teaching and helping kids to learn about industrial arts.


Hoyt was a man of God, the Christian God. Through many of life's struggles and challenges his belief in Our Heavenly Father never wavered. He taught his kids, grandkids and great grandkids to have faith in God and always put family first.


Hoyt married the first love of his life, Alice Pierce on December 26, 1958. He liked to say they met on Halloween, got engaged Thanksgiving and married Christmas! Many thought it wouldn't last, and I guess they were right as it only lasted 62 years! In that time, Hoyt and Alice had two children, Neal and Nina. The family moved around Arizona from Tucson to Flagstaff. Hoyt and Alice found their final home in Payson where they worked with Payson Community Kids and the local Church. Hoyt served on city boards and helped to grow Payson into a flourishing and welcoming community. Hoyt and Alice also worked with the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, combining their research for the Kenmores, Pierces Conners, and Rushings with 100’s of other families across the United States. They always opened their home to hold many family gatherings, and their favorite, family reunions. They lived in Payson for well over 30 years.


After Alice passed, his kids encouraged him to get out, meet new friends, and get reacquainted with old friends still living in the valley. Barbara was one of those colleagues he reconnected with. They worked together in the Department of Education. Her husband had passed the year before Alice. They got together for coffee, even a few secret double dates with their grandchildren; they went to the movies and the musical instruments museum. Barbara and Hoyt were like young love birds, holding hands and catching kisses. Meanwhile, their kids were in the dark, wondering if they were dating. Barbara became the second love of his life, and they married on March 27, 2022. Their marriage was short, but full of much love, laughter, and happiness.


Hoyt was an eclectic storyteller. From a young toddler traipsing chocolate pudding around the house, to his teenage driving antics, to being 92 and enjoying camping and hunting with family. He shared stories from his journeys and lessons he learned as a boy into becoming a man. When you need a moment, take a breath, close your eyes, and remember your favorite one. There he is sitting with you talking you through it, step-by-step.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. He is survived by more than a hundred kids, grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews. After the death of his brother Herschel and sister Monette many of his nieces and nephews frequently called him for advice.


Whether we called you Hoyt, Dad, Papa, Uncle or Friend, you will be dearly missed! You will always be well remembered for your many stories, kindness, fudge, and your deep resilient faith in God.


We love you!



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Hoyt Reese Kenmore hosted by Brooks Funeral Directors.

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