Kenneth Barnhurst, DMD MS, 58, of Pueblo, Colorado, passed away Aug. 30, 2006. Survived by his wife, Kathryn Barnhurst; children, Amy (George) Garcia of Pueblo, Eric (Megan) Barnhurst of Philadelphia, Pa., Ryan (Kristie) Barnhurst of Kent, Wash. and Adam (Alessa) Barnhurst of Denver; four siblings; nine grandchildren; and mother and father-in-law, Melva and Douglas Orgill of Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by a sister. Kenneth was born to Ora and Eric Barnhurst on July 21, 1948, in Hatch, Utah. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He owned and operated his periodontist clinic. He loved fishing and hunting. Kenneth was actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served as President of the Pueblo Stake Center. He dedicated his life in the service of others; always put others before himself. He served a two year mission to Mexico City for the LDS Church. Viewing in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4720 Surfwood Lane, with President George Garcia, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humanitarian Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My heart and prayers go out to your family. I was Adam’s piano teacher and remember what a great father Dr. Barnhurst was. Kindest warmest regards and my most heartfelt sympathy.

  2. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. Dr. Barnhurst was my periodontist for over 15 years. I am totally devastated to lose such a wonderful, caring doctor. It will be extremely difficult, if not imossible to replace him. May the wonderful memories you have, bring you comfort. May he rest in peace.

  3. Dr. Barnhurst Family & Staff,

    I was saddened today when I received the letter about Dr. Barnhurst’s passing. I will miss seeing his great smile and visiting with him about his hunting and fishing trips and sharing wild game cooking tips. It will be hard to find another periodontist that has the care, concern and knowledge of Dr. Barnhurst. Please accept my sympathies and prayers.

  4. Dear Kathy,
    I am so sorry for the loss of President Barnhurst to us of the Stake but mostly to you and your family I know he will be missed so much.
    He has been an inspiration to me and so comforting when I needed him.
    I remember so many times when Chuck talked of him and their experiences hunting or fishing. He thought Eric could call the elk better than anyone he ever knew, and how he enjoyed the boys and “teaching them to fish” as if they didn’t already know.!! He was always so proud when President Barnhurst would ask him to take the boys fishing, or when he was invited to go hunting with them.
    My prayers are with you and your family.
    Mary Scarcello

  5. So Sorry for the loss of your husband and father, I’ve known Him for 20 years as a patient of his. He was always so caring and I was saddened by his passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. Virginia Kotz

  6. Dr. Barnhurst was just a wonderful dentist he had all the patience in the world. I was always unconfortable to go to any one else but he made me feel at ease.I pray that the Lord be with you and your family at this time. Peace be with you all. Monica Golden

  7. We have lost a wonderful dentist, a great friend and a model man. As patients of Dr. Barnhurst we got to see not only a great professional but a caring, gentle and genuine guy. We joked at my appointment in July about our 40th class reunions as I am a class of 1966 guy myself. I enjoyed my visits because Ken made me feel like I was coming into his house. At our appointments we always talked about family [grandkids] and football. We routinely discussed the state of the rivalry between County and Canon City [I coached the Tiger football team for 30 years] and he always told me to take it easy on his Hornets.
    People like Ken are hard to come by. We cherish the relationship we shared with Ken and our heartfelt condolences go out to the Barnhurst family.

  8. Aunt Kathy,
    I just wanted to let you know that even though i was unable to attend the funeral my heart and prayers are with you. I know that over the years we have all been unable to spend as much time together as we would have hoped but it was such a great and wonderfull suprise to see you both for Dusty’s homecoming the sunday before uncle Ken’s passing. It brought back a lot of memories of when i was younger at grandma and grandpa barnhurst and we would all get together and play and spend time together. i know he is with grandma and grandpa know and that they are all looking out for us untill we can all be together again. your in my thoughts and prayers and i hope to be able to see more of you and my cousins in the years to come. I know uncle ken is in heaven know doing the lords work as he was here on earth and that he will continue to watch over and protect you and all of his loved ones. please let me know if you need anything at all. I send all my love and prayers to you and the rest of the family.

  9. Dear Sister Barnhurst,
    I was astonished today to hear about your husband. It was so completely unexpected to me and, from reading the notes of others, apparently to many others also.
    I remember so many enjoyable times serving with him, including some memorable rides with him traveling to church assignments.
    It was partly the memory of such enjoyable times with him (and with other Pueblo Stake leaders) that caused Virginia and me to consider so strongly a few years ago the possibility of moving to Pueblo to practice medicine. Your husband was very supportive of the idea, and we interviewed with the 2 hospitals, but, to our great disappointment, they decided to recruit other specialties instead.
    You have our deepest sympathies and prayers in your sorrow.
    With our deepest love,
    Dan & Virginia Cummings
    P. S. I was thrilled a few months ago to see your father in the Denver Temple. That also brought back old memories.

  10. To Dr. Barnhurst Family,
    We would like to express our condolences to your family. Dr. Barnhurst was a very good Dentist, always very kind and caring. May God Bless you during this time of sorrow.
    Twyla and Larry Miles
    La Junta, Colorado

  11. Dear Kathy and family,
    We were very sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Harry J. Gardner sent an e-mail that we received this morning while we were checking our mail on our daughter’s computer on our trip here in Utah. Our prayers are with you.
    Ken was a wonderful friend. A few months ago he surprised us by calling just to say hello and to catch up on things. I appreciated that a great deal; we haven’t had a lot of contact since college, but I still felt that great friendship that existed in high school, college and afterward. He was a good example to me during critical times in my younger days. May the Lord bless you and your family.
    -Preston and Marilyn

  12. I was so shocked to hear of Dr. B’s death. I have been a patient of his for many years and was just in to see him on 8/23/06. He was such a great periodontist and a caring person. It will be hard to find a new dentist to replace him. The community will greatly suffer the loss of a wonderful person. I was out of town for the long holiday weekend and was unable to attend the viewing on Sunday and I will be unable to attend the service. Please know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Kathy — In the time you and I taught together at Kinderkirk, I came to know Dr Barnhurst as a caring and noteable gentleman. My prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Dear Barnhurst Family:
    1 September 2006

    I wanted to express my sympathy for your loss of the daily companionship of President Barnhurst. This separation is but a brief pause in eternity. As with a master oil painting, we sometimes stand to close to an object to appreciate its true beauty. I wanted to convey to you the view of the President that I have. I have had the privilege of observing him functioning in his callings for a couple of decades. It was my blessing to have served with him in scouting, in Priesthood Executive Committee when he was the Bishop, as stake clerk when he was a councilor in the Stake Presidency and the Stake President, and lastly as a High Councilman. I never saw him be short or unkind to anyone, and during the most trying times of Church Councils I always feel his love and, compassion for the dear brother. I felt the mantel of the Priesthood that rested upon him and knew that he was directed by God. About three months ago I thought that he would soon be released and I fully expected that he would be called to be a general authority in the church. He has been a great mentor for me and I want to thank you for allowing me to benefit from his life
    He made a difference in the lives of my children. If there is anything that my family can do for your please give us an opportunity to repay but some of the President’s kindness, you can call us at 948-3714.

    May God bless each and every one of you.

  15. Kathy and family,

    Terry and I were so very shocked and saddened to hear of President Barnhurst’s passing. We fondly remember taking turns with you both in shufffling our girls back and forth to early morning seminary, when you lived down the block from us. I know our children have many fond memories of playing together. Please know how much you are in our prayers. President Barnhurst was such a kind and gentle man and I know our Stake will miss him very much. He had just telephoned me a week or so ago over a matter and I remarked to Terry, how good it was to talk to him. We hope you and all the members of your family will find peace and strength in the upcoming weeks in the encircling arms of the Savior’s love.
    With all of our love and sympathy,

  16. We were saddened to learn of Dr. Barnhurst’s passing. Although we only met briefly to finalize our condo purchase, we were impressed by Dr. Barnhurst’s quiet grace. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  17. I was shocked and grieved to read of the death of Dr. Barnhurst who was my dentist for many years, both in Pueblo and in La Junta. He was a caring, expert dentist and I feel his passing as a great loss. Words are inadequate at such a time, but I want you to know that I care very deeply for you and your family in your sorrow.

  18. I am so sorry to have heard the news of your Husband and Father. He has been a dear friend to my Father and a great leader to all in the Pueblo Stake. I pray you have peace and comfort in the time of your grief. You are in all of our prayers. Love, Julie Chambers

  19. To a man full of compassion and love for all. His guidance as Stake President was inspired and very thoughtful.

    We all loved him and will miss him greatly, but the Lord needed him more.

    The family of Pres. Barnhurst will be blessed because of his great leadership, and may they be comforted to know he is with the Lord, and doing his work.

    Carl and June Lytle

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