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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Ken J. McNatt, who passed away on
4September 4, 2012; and
5    WHEREAS, Ken McNatt was born and raised in Loveland,
6Colorado; he married his wife, Dolores, in 1954; and
7    WHEREAS, Ken McNatt left college in 1942 to join the United
8States Navy, where he became a pilot in the Pacific theater
9during World War II and rose up to the rank of lieutenant
10junior grade; while wounded, he successfully landed his badly
11damaged plane after the plane's pilot had been shot and killed,
12an action that saved the lives of 4 other crew members; he
13received a Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and
14the Air Medal, among other awards, for his bravery; and
15    WHEREAS, After the war, Ken McNatt finished college at the
16University of Denver in 1948 and then began a career in the
17sales department at Exxon; he retired after 35 years of service
18in 1983; and
19    WHEREAS, After moving to Wheaton in 1965, Ken McNatt became
20involved in a broad range of service activities; he served as
21president of the Arrowhead Homeowners Association and was a



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1township precinct committeeman; and
2    WHEREAS, In 1975, Ken McNatt joined the Warrenville Fire
3Protection District board; over the next 36 years, he helped
4oversee the transformation of the district from an
5all-volunteer department to a much more professionally managed
6district with a partially paid staff; he remained the
7district's trustee emeritus after stepping down from the board
8in 2011; in 1989, he was elected to serve as a trustee in
9Milton Township, where he served 4 terms before retiring in
102005; as a trustee, he won broad support in 1998 for his
11formation of the senior-oriented Salt program; and
12    WHEREAS, Ken McNatt was a recipient of the senior Good
13Citizen award from the City of Wheaton in 2009 and was named a
14veteran of the month by the Illinois Department of Veterans
15Affairs in 2011; and
16    WHEREAS, Ken McNatt is survived by his wife; his daughters,
17Gwen McNatt and Mary Helen Gibson; his 6 grandchildren; and his
18great-grandchild; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
21his family and friends, the passing of Ken J. McNatt; and be it



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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Ken McNatt as an expression of our