Kenneth (Ken) C. Berry

Kenneth (Ken) C. Berry

November 2, 1949 – December 26, 2021

Kenneth Charles Berry, long-time resident of Amador County, passed away in West Sacramento. He resided in Amador County for almost all of his life. After graduating from Jackson High School, Ken studied mathematics at UC Berkeley and worked for a decade as a programmer for the State of California.

Ken was passionate about his principles and active in issues at state and local levels. He was especially concerned with residential rate equity, land use and development and he cared deeply for Amador.

In the past three years, Ken’s illnesses became disabling. With remarkable determination to survive, Ken focused on his work in computational modeling for artificial intelligence. Ken was an early micro-computer programmer, a computer hardware innovator and the author of the Tele operating system, published in Dr. Dobbs Journal of Software Tools, December 1986.

He is survived by his sister Lois Lober, brother-in-law Jim Lober and their children: Bill (Christie) and Doug; by the children of his late brother George: Janeen Steer (Danny) and George (Krista); and by 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews in whose activities he was always interested. His community included strong friendships in Amador, Calaveras, Mendocino counties. He kept lifelong friends from the Trinity Fellowship, a Methodist youth wilderness and church group in which he was first a member and then a leader.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Marge Berry and his brother George. He was descended from a historic Mother Lode family who first settled in the foothills in the 1840s. Ken’s grandfather Clarence founded the Berry Lumber Company (1929 to 1960), which Ken’s father and uncles operated in PiPi Valley.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local charity of your choice in Ken’s name. Ken always aspired to protect Amador County’s land, water, people and animals, both domestic and wild.

In light of the health and travel risks posed by the pandemic, services will take place in the late spring or early summer, when Ken will rest among his parents and pioneer ancestors in Independence Cemetery, Railroad Flat.