William Kemp Pace passed away on Wednesday, January 8th at the Longmont United Hospital after a short illness. Kemp as he was known to most as, was a beloved father, grandfather, cousin, and a dear friend.
Kemp was born in Gladewater, Texas to Ruby (Pearl) Kemp and Theodore James Pace on December 22, 1936. Shortly after being born in Gladewater, his family moved to Overton, Texas where he spent his childhood. Kemp loved Overton with a tremendous amount of passion. On many hot, humid east Texas days, you could find Kemp on the tennis courts behind his house. His tenacity and love of tennis would stay with him the rest of his life. In highschool, he went to the tennis state championship every year. His senior year he won the Texas state championship for men’s singles. Kemp also enjoyed visiting his Dad at the Ford Dealership (his father owned the local Ford dealership) in town and spending countless hours with his buddies.
After highschool Kemp spent a short amount of time at TCU (Texas Christian University) on a tennis scholarship. He decided after his second year in college that he would enlist in the United States Army. Kemp was stationed in Panama during his army years. After getting out of the army, he went to New York City and worked as a salesman. He enjoyed New York City, but after two years he was homesick and returned to east Texas. Shortly thereafter he moved to Dallas, Texas and began to work for IBM (International Business Machines) as a programmer. While working at IBM, he was set up on a blind date with a beautiful, young college student, Carol Vogel. He was smitten with Carol from the beginning. They dated for a year, Kemp proposed, and on March 11, 1972 they got married. They enjoyed their time in Dallas, Texas, but were ready for a new adventure. In the winter of 1973, Kemp was transferred from the Dallas IBM plant to the Boulder IBM plant. Carol was also employed at IBM. They worked together for many years. He retired in 2001 after many years as a computer programmer. After retirement, Carol and Kemp enjoyed their life together, by going on trips abroad and spending time with their children, grandchildren, and numerous friends. In 2016, Carol lost her battle with breast cancer. Although, it was a difficult time after Carol’s death, he occupied his time with loving family and caring friends.
Kemp was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. Some of his hobbies were fishing, hunting, playing table tennis, participating in any kind of game (including cribbage at the moose), shooting with his buddies (at the gun range), traveling, researching his family heritage, and spending time with his family.
Kemp was a true southern gentleman, with a unique sense of humor who was loved by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Pace; mother, Pearl Pace; and the love of his life, Carol Pace (Vogel). Kemp is survived by his daughter Victoria Brown (Pace) and Thad Whittemore; Guinevere (Pace) Skow and Shawn Skow; and Grandchildren: Maddison Brown, Emerson Skow, and Maximus Skow. He is also survived by cherished cousins and numerous friends.
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