Kerry Weber Balden (1958-2012)

Kerry Weber Balden (1958-2012)

Kerry Weber Balden (May 11, 1958 - May 9, 2012), 53, died May 9, 2012 in his home in Seabrook, TX. Mr. Balden was born in Santa Paula, CA to James and Patricia Wilson Balden. He was a graduate of Filmore High School, class of 1976. He and his siblings spent many happy weekend and summer visits at their grandparents’ beach house in Mussel Shoals, CA.

As a young adult, Kerry worked in the maritime industry. Eventually he moved to Hawaii and worked as chief engineer for a firm in the Honolulu Harbor. While in Hawaii he met his wife Maureen Smith Balden. After marrying in Hawaii, the couple relocated and has lived in Seabrook, TX since 1992.
Kerry was an active member and volunteer at the Bay Area Club in League City and the Wheel House in Deer Park. He owned and operated Balden Construction during all of his Texas years.

Kerry was an exceptional athelete. During his youth, he played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track on the local teams in Fillmore where he grew up. He often won awards, and appeared in the area newspapers for his atheletic achievements. During his years at Fillmore High, he was a star on his high school football, basketball, and track teams. He received the honor being his football team’s MVP. But those who knew him will not be surprised that he was also given the distinction of earning the “Most Ejections from High School Basketball Games” award, as well as being voted “The Boy the Girls Most Wanted to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With!” As a father, he continued his passion for sports as he watched his sons play local team sports as both a coach and a spectator.
Kerry was an avid fisherman, and when the flounder were running, fishing often became a distraction from everything else. Until recently, Kerry found great pleasure in trying to get a tiny white ball into a small cup on the greens of beautiful golf courses from Hawaii to Texas and beyond. His newest passion was Nascar, and he could be found most every Saturday and Sunday watching one race or another. He even got to attend Nascar in person at Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway.
Kerry was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents. He is survived by his wife Maureen, and two sons, Kerry James, 20, and Shea Evans, 17; his father James Evans Balden and stepmother Elaine Balden of Altadena, CA; his siblings Patrick, Laura Balden Clauson, Michael, Justine Blanton, Alana Balden and Skyla Balden; his numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and too many friends to name.

For those who prefer making a donation to sending flowers, the family has established the Kerry Weber Balden Memorial “Fix-It” Fund to benefit ongoing building maintenance and lawn care at the Bay Area Club, as this was Kerry’s weekly service project and his great passion. Donations to this fund may be sent directly by check to the Bay Area Club, 2111 Webster St. League City, TX 77573, specifying Kerry’s name in the memo. Donations are fully tax deductible.
 Condolences may be sent to the Balden Family, PO Box 813, Seabrook, TX 77586.

Although full funeral services were held at the time of Kerry’s death at his hometown in Texas, the family felt that a service local to Fillmore at this one year anniversary would be fitting as well.
On May 11, 2013, one year after his death, and on Kerry’s 55th birthday, there will be a brief memorial service held at 11:00 am at the Bardsdale Cemetery. Immediately following the service there will be a BBQ at John and Debbie Perkins home. All are invited