Ken, 51, was born June 1, 1971, in Quezon City, Philippines. After residing in Davis, CA for 38 years, he passed away Aug. 7, 2022.
Ken grew up in Beaver County, PA, and attended school in the Blackhawk district until his family moved to Davis in 1984 where he attended junior high and high school.
Ken comes from a family of pilots and was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Youngest Solo Pilot in the World” when he flew an Ultralight at 9 as featured on ABC’s “That’s Incredible.”
He was active in sports including dirt-bike racing, motocross, ski and jet-ski racing, and wakeboarding in his teens and early 20s. His life focus shifted in 1994 when he broke his neck after falling from his bike while doing a stunt, but continued to have a positive attitude that inspired his family and friends.
In the following years Ken and his brother Andrew developed the 2Bennett Audimotive business in Davis, where he served as marketing director and webmaster as well as developing innovative designs for high performance suspension and braking components and unique hand controls for para- and quadriplegics. Ken was an active member and driving instructor of the Audi Club of North America. He drove his custom-designed hand-controlled car at Audi track events across the country.
Ken shifted to a power-wheel chair following a second injury in 2007 and continued his work at 2Bennett, maintaining an upbeat attitude and an infectious sense of humor. He and Kristine Airey, were married in 2008. Their son, Owen, and daughter, Piper, were born in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
In addition to his wife and children, Ken is survived by his brothers, Ian (Andrea) and Andrew (Jo Anne); sister Carolyn (Michel); father Al (Linda); and mother Susan. He is also survived by his nieces, Brandy, Jeni and Sophie Bennett; nephews Youri and Samuel Joly, and Drake Bennett; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Ken’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Davis Community Church. All his friends and acquaintances are invited to attend, and to enjoy light refreshments and share stories about their experiences with Ken afterward.
Memorial donations will be gratefully received by the Ken Bennett Memorial Fund established by his older brother to support educational opportunities for his children at