Mountain Road

Ken Podgorsek

June 10, 1960 ~ December 25, 2022 (age 62) 62 Years Old



Kenneth W Podgorsek, 62, of San Jose, CA passed away on Dec 25,2022. Ken was the son of the late 

William R. Podgorsek and Arlene L. Podgorsek (Ulvi) of Campbell, CA.


He is survived by his wife Farrell May Podogrsek, daughter Raychel May Podgorsek, son Will Podgorsek and sister Kathryn Azad.


Ken lived his first few years in Duluth, MN. The family moved to Campbell, CA when Ken was two years old, joining other family members who had settled in Campbell.  His childhood was filled with outings to the park with Mom and sister Kathryn, Little League games, family Sundays and fun times with cousins. His father was actively involved in local politics and Ken spent his teenage and college years walking precincts to help get his father elected. He would accompany him to City Council meetings and in the process became involved himself, serving on the Campbell Youth Advisor Commission.


Equipped with a sharp mind and a desire to learn, Ken attended the University of California, Davis, intending to go on to medical school. During his Senior year Ken shifted gears and decided to join his parents in the family printing business, Spartan Printing. During his time at Davis he met the lovely Farrell who would soon capture his heart. Once graduated from Davis the two were married. Farrell joined him at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo were he was getting a 2nd degree in printing management. Upon graduation in 1985 the two moved to San Jose joining the family business. Ken continued in the printing business until his death. 


Following in his father's footsteps, Ken became involved in his community of San Jose. From 1987 on he was appointed to numerous task forces and committees within the city. Ken also joined the board of his neighborhood association and served as President, Treasurer, and Bookkeeper. Under his leadership the neighborhood association became a model for other neighborhood associations around the county. His greatest pride was his role as Big Dog of  Bark in the Park. Ken turned a small gathering of dogs and their owners into the largest dog festival in the country. Ken also took on the role of Executive Director of United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County, working with over 100 neighborhood associations helping them to build stronger communities. 


Ken’s message to everyone was the same - get involved in your local community and make a difference.


He will be missed by his family, friends and his community. 


No flowers please. The family requests donations to Ken’s favorite charities.   (Northern California Innocence Project)  (San Jose Public Library Foundation)


A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Time and date to be determined.


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