In memory of
Thomas Allen Kennedy
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In memory of
Thomas Allen Kennedy
Thomas Allen Kennedy Thomas Allen Kennedy was born on October 10, 1946 in Yuma, Arizona to Leon and Marlowe Kennedy. He liked to joke that for a 10-day hospital stay it only cost $58. After a year, the family moved to Indio where he was raised with his sisters, Suzanne and Marlo, on the Kennedy Bros. Ranch, which later became PGA West. The restaurant at the Arnold Palmer Course is named, "Kennedy's" after the family. He attended Orange Coast College after high school before he was inducted into the Army on October 10, 1967, and served in Vietnam. Upon being discharged, he attended and graduated from San Diego State. He returned to the Valley and opened a Stained Glass Studio. His stained glass windows are in several restaurants throughout the Valley. Tom later got his Contractor's License and started his business, T. A. Kennedy Construction. On January 4, 1978, Tom married Sharon Pantaleoni and they resided in the home he built in La Quinta Country Club. He was artistic, inventive, and creative … a true "Renaissance Man." His friends referred to him as a "nature boy" because he was happiest when he was in the desert hunting, looking for palm fronds and bamboo to use in his art, or looking for pottery shards he used to reconstruct Cahuilla Indian pots. He also made his own pots from clay using the Cahuilla method. His art was in the gallery at the La Quinta Resort and Spa and some of his artifacts are displayed at La Quinta Museum. He was also sought after as a guest speaker because of his knowledge of life in the desert. His charm and sharp wit made his presentations unique. Tom had more life adventures than most … with worldwide trips particularly to Africa, but always came home for the opening day of Dove Season with his long-time hunting buddies. The same best friends also went on an annual horseback and fishing trip in the High Sierras. He is survived by his loving ex-wife, Sharon Kennedy, his cousins Al and Carson Kalin, Ann Willard and Linda Caruso, and nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Suzanne and Marlo Kennedy. Tom always said that he lived a charmed life … and he did! He left a lasting footprint in our Desert community. A memorial will be held on March 17 at his La Quinta Country Club home. Donations in his honor can be made to La Quinta Museum and/or La Quinta Historical Society. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: desertsun.com/obituaries .
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