Kenneth Albert Trapp, Sr., in perfect peace, went to live with Jesus on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Kenneth was born on September 14, 1941, in San Antonio to Louis Edward and Joyce Aileen Trapp. He was 5-years-old when the family moved to Somerset and it was here that he met Mary Lynn Ernst. Kenneth was just 15, when he first proposed to the 12-year-old Mary Lynn, at a Halloween carnival with a honeymoon hayride. Kenneth would graduate from Somerset High School in 1959 and attend San Antonio College and Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He graduated from Texas A&I in 1962 with a B.A. in Economics and Government.
Kenneth and Mary Lynn were united in marriage on August 24, 1963, and spent 57 blessed years together. They first lived in Austin for two years while Kenneth was working on his master’s degree in Economics/Government at the University of Texas. The couple then moved back to Somerset where Kenneth started teaching seven different courses, coaching Jr. High and High school sports, and driving the school bus.
He joined the Frost National Bank in 1968, one month before his first child Lynnette was born. Daughter Janalyn and son Ken, Jr. would soon follow, and their precious family was complete. Starting in the Frost Bank management training program, he was promoted to vice president of personnel, and eventually became head of the bank’s administrative group overseeing the inner workings of the bank. He loved the Frost Bank organization, its philosophy, and most importantly the people he worked with for the next 35 years. He ending his banking career as an Executive Vice President for Cullen/Frost Holding Co.
Kenneth also held other community positions that were close to his heart. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System in 1979. He served ten years as a member of the Board of Trustees, and then another ten years as Chairman of the Board. He was also a member of the Federal Reserve Board in Dallas for many years; working for the banking industry and the needs of Texans.
Kenneth was the quintessential “jack-of-all trades” when it came to his life. He was the yard-man, gardener, fix-it-man, pool boy, mechanic, concrete finisher, painter, general contractor, fence-builder, boater, fisherman, hunter, plumber, cook, baker, coach, poet, tutor, and lover of music. He ran a used car lot from his backyard to foster his love of cars and motors. He had a little farm in McCoy and ran cattle and goats. About the time of his retirement, Kenneth and Mary Lynn moved to Pleasanton and he fulfilled his dream to work full-time on his land. Kenneth and Ken Jr. started Trapp Hay Farms and spent many happy years producing hay and working together.
Of all the things Kenneth enjoyed in his life, his family was always the center of his world. He lived to give joy to his beautiful wife Mary Lynn and succeeded in every way. When it came to his children, he absolutely adored them and was always giving of his whole heart and soul. His amazing grandchildren were the light of his life. Through his Christian teachings and examples, his timeless wisdom, and his wonderful way to get right to the Truth – he guided his family at every turn. His legacy of never giving up, no matter how hard things got, was always abundantly displayed throughout his life and no clearer was that seen than these last few years.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wonderful parents. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Lynn, and his children Lynnette and husband Jeff Thornton, Jana and husband Jason Melton, and Ken Jr. and his wife Jennifer. Kenneth’s legacy also includes his precious grandchildren; Madelaine, Hunter, Lauren, Luke, William, Isabella, Mark, Shelby, and Sarah. He is also survived by his cherished siblings, Eddie, Betty, and Jerry.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Pleasanton. Burial services will follow at Oak Island Cemetery at Oak Island Methodist Church. Pallbearers are sons-in-law Jeff Thornton and Jason Melton, and grandsons Hunter Melton, William Trapp, Luke Thornton, and Mark Thornton.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in Kenneth’s name to the First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton.