Sept. 27, 1941 – Sept. 26, 2020

Kenneth Edward Knost was born September 27, 1941 in Torrance, California to Howard and Gertrude Knost and passed away peacefully at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 just shy of his 79th birthday in Bakersfield, California. Ken was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his brother, Howard Jr.

Although Ken was “born at the beach,” as he liked to say, his family relocated to Taft, California when he was three-years-old. His father was transferred to manage the local Safeway until he bought the Ford City Emporium in Taft.

Ken attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Taft Union High School. He enlisted in the army in 1960, where he served in Germany at the height of the Cold War. When he returned stateside, he attended Taft Community College before transferring to the University of Southern California (Class of 1967).

Ken was a pillar in the Taft community serving as prominent business owner of the White Elephant Steakhouse for 25 years, Mayor (1992-1994), city councilman, Moose Lodge and American Legion member. After retirement, he served several years with the Border Patrol Auxiliary.

He loved his family, travelling the world, and the USC Trojans. Some of his other great passions included cars, boating, fishing, hunting, shooting, and sports. He was a vivacious, opinionated, affable, philosophical, great sense of humor, idealistic, die-hard USC Trojan fan.

He will be missed by his wife of 50 years, Candyce Knost; two daughters, Stacey Kozakar and her significant other, Chris Angermayer, and Kenna Trahan and her husband, Dustin Trahan; and his four grandchildren, Taylor and Siera Kozakar, and Kurtis and Adeline Trahan. He is also cherished by his long-time friends Dennis and Kathy Myers, Baxter Culver, Sharon Brudenell, and many others.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Optimal Hospice in Bakersfield, California.