Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ken Isaak

Today Fresno Pacific started grieving the loss of a good friend, Ken Isaak. Ken has worked at FPU in many capacities for over 20 years. I didn't know Ken well, but since I work in the University Communication's office, I have the great pleasure of working with many great people across the campus.

In 2008 our department came up with a funky idea to use sock puppets to explain difficult concepts at the University. One of my favorites starred none other than Ken Isaak. It was his video debut. He played himself (FPU's financial aid director) discussing financial aid with a sock. He was fantastic to work with! He listened to our suggestions, and laughed a lot. I've embedded the video below, enjoy!

The Sockingtons - The Deadline from Fresno Pacific University on Vimeo.

On the personal side of Ken's death. This is the fifth death to touch my family in 10 weeks. My kids have seen my grieve a lot this year. They've had lots of questions. I've done my best to explain. I've turned to friends for support and help. My friend Tracy wrote a really good post that explained talking to her boys about the subject. I'm going to use some of her words of wisdom too. Thanks Tracy.

Goodbye Ken.


Jamie said...

One of my best, most distinct memories is the one I have of Audrey in the kitchen, the week after Caleb Wiens died. I was having trouble getting through my day, and weeping as I cooked dinner and she, my cute, chubby little almost 4 year old hugged my knees and asked me why I was so sad. I remember collapsing into a heap on the floor and pulling her into my lap to simply say, "Mommy misses Caleb, and is sad for your Auntie Christa. Should we pray for them right now?" I know that God gave Audrey a sensitive spirit from the start, but I believe He has fostered in her a greater understanding of grief over the years so that she can grow in her compassion and also in her understanding of why we NEED Jesus. I think she also looks forward to heaven with a greater understanding as well.

It was so good to see you at MCC. Know that we are still, constantly, praying for you and your extended family!

Susan said...

We are so sorry to hear of your losses and I know it must be awfully hard on you guys right now. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and Kevin and the kids.

Love you much