Kenneth Thomazin DVM | Obituary

Kenneth L. Thomazin DVM

March 2, 1942 – October 11, 2021

Kenneth L. Thomazin, DVM, 79, of Renton, Washington, died on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Aegis Living in Issaquah, Washington.

The Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in St. Edward, Nebraska, with Fr. Bill L’Heureux officiating. Interment will follow at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in St. Edward, Nebraska.

Ken was born March 2, 1942 in St. Edward, Nebraska, to Wilber E. and Kathryn A. (Koerber) Thomazin. He attended Big Cut District 12 One-Room Country School, Kindergarten to Grade 8, just one mile from his childhood home, and graduated from St. Edward High School. in 1960. Ken would get up at 4.30am every day to do chores, go to school with soccer or basketball practice, come home to do chores again and study until bedtime. After high school Ken attended Colorado State University on a full scholarship and received a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1966. Ken was a member and president of the FarmHouse fraternity.

On October 24, 1964, Ken married Elizabeth (Liz) Overton at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1967 Ken and Liz moved to Columbus, Nebraska to raise their family while building a private small / large animal veterinary practice where he mentored his close colleague Ethel (Babka) Pekarek and often brought his children to do on chores or on calls where he tended and tended the local community’s livestock. Ken and Liz then established a horse farm near Platte Center, Nebraska, showing quarter horses with their children and raising thoroughbreds for the Nebraska horse racing circuit. In 1987 Ken and Liz moved to Las Flores Ranch in Summit Valley, Calif., Where he became the Broodmare Manager, raising and breeding thoroughbreds alongside another of his dear colleagues, Adelberto “Arnold. “Almarez. In 1993, Ken and Liz moved to Sacramento, California, where he became chief of the animal food safety department of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. In 2005 Ken retired from veterinary medicine and moved with Liz to Renton, Washington.

Ken loved nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren, working around the house, helping with projects at his son’s vet office, or just playing cards and “shooting the moon.” He became an avid golfer and developed a passion for photography by taking pictures of old barns. He often remembered his parents and the time he spent growing up with his siblings on the family farm. After his mother passed away in 1994, he traveled to Nebraska every year to help his brother harvest. Ken’s family are honored to accompany him to the place he loved at a time he so deeply revered – the fall harvest. We’re sure the equipment they operate is green, Bailey’s is up for a helping hand, the yields are plentiful and that Wilber and Kathryn proudly oversee it all.

Ken is survived by his wife, Liz Thomazin of Renton, Washington; two sisters, Kathleen (Kenneth) Johnson of Columbus and Ann (Rob) Johnson of Olympia, Washington; sister-in-law, JoAnn Thomazin of Genoa; daughter, Lisa Thomazin Kustka of Bellevue; three sons, Kent Thomazin, DVM of Renton, Washington; Steven (Lynn) Thomazin of Papillion; and Brett Thomazin and his partner Abel Bonilla-Ayala of San Francisco, California; eight grandchildren, Rachael, Ada and Alayna Kustka; and Kassie, Katie, Klara, Tara and Trevor Thomazin; two great-grandchildren, Bennet and Irene Larrison; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Wilber and Kathryn Thomazin; brother, Max Thomazin; and her granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth Kustka.

In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family requests that memorials be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at:

Miller-Levander Funeral Home in St. Edward, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

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