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Ken was a very special individual and will be missed.
Ken had the biggest heart !!!! He always had a “positive” spin on every situation he faced! He had such a love for his nieces, they were his world! His ACU family will miss him greatly.
Ken was a very Loving and sharing co-worker.
I remember the many days talking about his family, hobbies and activities.
He had thing for technology and had to have the latest gadets.
To his family thanks for sharing him with us and may you have many precious memories to hold on to forever, I know I will.
~Nardra Lesesne, Associated Credit Union
Ken was one of a kind with a heart of gold. He was always willing to give a helping hand. Anyone who ever talked to Ken knew the love he had for his family, movies, karate, cars, and the other many hobbies he loved. I am so grateful for the time I had to work with him and get to know him. He was special to so many. He is going to be sorely missed.
-Megan Powell -ACU
Ken will be greatly missed by his ACU family. It was a true privilege to know Ken and work side by side with him on a daily basis. He had a tremendous heart and was a gentle soul. ACU will not be the same without him.
Ken had such a big heart. He was always willing to do anything he could for you. I have so many great memories of going to sporting events together, eating at his house and so many more. He was special and unique. I will truly miss him. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
My daughter was in his karate class, and he told me once that he tried so hard to be loud and hard with her but her big brown eyes just melted him every time and he couldn’t do it. I didn’t expect her to do more than just a six-week trial with that class but because of Master Mar she stayed on and is now pursuing a black belt at age 7. His sense of humor was much appreciated – as was his love of brussels sprouts and his insistence that you can make anything taste good (including those sprouts) with bacon. We will ALWAYS think of him any time we see Batman anything. His closing statement for every single class was “now go home and do something nice for the person who brought you here”. What a gem, and what a loss we now are left to deal with. My heart goes out to his family. May they find peace.
Ken was more than a co-worker. He had a big heart and always made me laugh. He taught my granddaughter karate and she love him so. She called him her big giant. He touched so many people’s lives and he will be missed by all. God bless his family and may they find peace in knowing he was a great person to all he met.
In this journey called “life” we are sent to be a light and to let that light shine. Kenneth Mar, was truly a shinning light, illuminating all around him with his love. “Love”, being an action word. That, was Ken, “Love”, always willing to do for others whatever needed to be done. Beautiful, kind, encouraging, enduring, and I could go on and on. He loved his family, karate, guns, and others. Ken Mar, gone, but, never forgotten. May you find strength and peace in his love for each of you.
Roz Scott- formerly with ACU
I met Ken in college and have stayed close to him every since. I truly miss him and always will. May his family be calmed in the knowledge that he is in heaven looking over all of us!
Rest in peace my true Friend!
Ken was truly one of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever known. He was loved by so many and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I hope Ken will teach the other angels in heaven karate so they can enjoy it as much as he did. Ken you will be missed by all but will not be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.
Kenneth Mar was a man with a big heart who really enjoyed giving to others. I believe that is why he was such a great teacher at Associated Credit Union as a Loan Trainer and at Charles Minter Tae Kwon Do as a Master Instructor! He always strived to learn as much as he could about his craft and then he truly loved sharing these things with others. I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned from this man…constantly educating me on the technical aspects of our loan software, showing me the proper way to grill a portabella mushroom, demonstrating the best way to handle a firearm, being there with me to purchase my first handgun, taking me to Buford Highway for my first taste of sushi…and the list goes on and on!
But that is not really what drew me to him as a friend…it was his drive and determination to look for new challenges/adventures and then approach these in his own unique way. I want to share with you a couple of stories that always made Ken and me laugh when we talked about them-
I think it was 1996 and I was a Personal Banker at a NationsBank inside the Kroger at the corner of PIB and Pleasant Hill. I look up to see a man dressed to the nines in a full suit and he is carrying a briefcase. I silently think to myself, “Oh this is going to take forever to review all the business documents this guy must have in his briefcase; I’m sure he is here to open a business account.” Well it turns out this is actually Kenneth Mar who is prepared to begin his new career in banking as a Teller. That story always cracked us up because there was not much of a dress code for those of us working at the branches inside Kroger and Tellers never had any documentation or supplies that required the use of a briefcase. This is just one of the ways that he knew how to make an impression on others in his special way!
Ken and I would often joke about his passion for cooking and eating. It seems that one weekend his craving for White Castle burgers was just too much to handle. He and a friend thought it would be a great idea to hop in the car and go satisfy these cravings. You would think that he would drive to the local grocery store to grab a box of frozen burgers and head home to start up the microwave. Nope, not Ken. They took a road trip to Nashville, sat down at a White Castle Restaurant to eat and then drove back that same day. Not many people make an 8 hour, roundtrip drive for burgers but that is what made Ken so unique!
I know that he had a positive impact in many people’s lives and I am very blessed to have called him my friend for so many years! I’m going to miss you Mr. Mar!!!
it was a honor to know Mr. Mar. When ever we went back to Georgia to visit it had to be on a Tuesday or Thursday night so Danielle and Ben could go to George Pierce park to attend one of his classes. He will be greatly missed
Master Mar had such a positive impact on our children and, therefore, our entire family. We are very lucky to have known him. Sending prayers of comfort to all of his family and friends at this difficult time.
Was so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. The loan department will not be the same with out him. I can still hear his voice in my head when I would call him and he would say Hey Ms. Betty in a Southern drawl. Rest in peace now Ken, you will be missed.
Betty Laborde with Associated Credit Union
Words can’t even express my sadness. Praying for peace and comfort for his family. Philippians 1:23-24 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
To the family of Mr. Kenneth Mar,
To the family of Mr Kenneth Mar,
Please accept our deepest condolence. From the comments above Mr Mar was truly someone that others loved and admired. You can be assured that God never meant for families to be divided by death and the Bible says, death is and enemy of mankind and “this last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing”. (1 Corinthians 15: 26) Soon you will see your dear loved one again, here on earth, with no more sickness or death.
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