Kenny Oscar Motl

11/14/1959 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 01/27/2020
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 01/28/2020
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


Kenny Oscar Motl passed away on January 24, 2020. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We will celebrate his life of 60 years at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Anton First United Methodist Church. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.

Kenny Oscar Motl was born on November 14, 1959, to Cecil and Betty Jo Motl in Littlefield, Texas. He grew up in Anton, Texas, where he attended school and was involved in various school activities. Kenny enjoyed showing pigs and won “Grand Champion” pig. He was “Mad Dog” of the year in football. During his senior year of high school, he was driving along “The Drag” in Anton, where he found the love of his life. Carol Benton and her brother were playing with a frisbee; she ran out to the curb to retrieve a missed toss and noticed Kenny had stopped to pick up the frisbee. Kenny and Carol’s eyes made contact, and the romance began for over a year before he left for college. He had received a tennis scholarship from Frank Philips College in Borger, Texas, where he played for a year before transferring to Tarleton State. Kenny earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Tarleton State. Kenny married Carol Benton on July 3, 1982, in Shallowater, Texas. The young couple moved to Kansas, where he worked with Dekalb Swine Breeders for a year before moving back to Lubbock.  He went to work at South Plains Electric Coop, where Kenny was still employed for the past 34 years. Kenny had to go on disability in November 2018.  One of Kenny’s hobbies was raising dahlias, which earned him the “King of Dahlias” of the Lubbock County Fair.

Kenny was an active member of Anton United Methodist Church. He never met a stranger. If you wore a cap, Kenny would stop to say, “I know you” or “Where did you get that cap?”  He had a love for flowers especially dahlias handed down from his grandma Rochelle! He had one of the biggest hearts, and contagious smiles! His favorite thing was going to Lake Texhoma with his SPEC buddies and fishing with his family.  Kenny also enjoyed conversations with his wife, Carol, over a cup of coffee in the backyard. He loved his family with the utmost passion.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Motl; two daughters, Krystal Motl and significant other (Harley Blackwell), Jessica Motl and significant other (Dan Brown); three grandchildren, Abigail Guinn, Ethan Blackwell, Jacob Blackwell; beloved dog, Jack; three sisters, Kaye Swain, Sue Rephan, Judy and husband Aubrey McBride; numerous, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Kay and Betty Jo Rochelle Motl; two brothers-in-law, Robert Pete Swain, and Stan Rephan.




The family of Kenny Oscar Motl has designated the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266,, for memorial contributions donated in his memory.


13 thoughts on “Kenny Oscar Motl”

  1. To all of the Timely she said my offer our deepest sympathies to Carroll to Judy two kids into all the family Hammer sending loads of love and prayers your way to help you get through this love you guys Jane and Sissy Louis

  2. Let me try this again to all of the family to Carol to Judy to the kids Sissy and I offer our deepest sympathy loads of love and prayers are headed your way from Ohio

  3. Where do I start other than saying how very much I love you and your family. I am so sorry that Kenny left, I I am so sorry for your loss. I love you girls so much!

  4. Sue Sickler-Swartz

    Carol, Cecil and my Daddy, Sparky Keefer grew up on farms next to each other and were good friends. I remember when Kenny was born how happy and proud Cecil and Betty were.
    Hugs and much love from the Keefer clan
    Cletus ‘Sue’ Keefer Sickler

  5. Just praying that God is holding you in HIS arms close and providing comfort to you at this time. I can’t be there Carol but I will be there in thought and prayers. I love you dearly. YOU HAVE SHOWN YOUR faith and love for God through this and YOU HAVE BLESSED my life more than you can know. You will continue to be in my prayers. ??????

  6. I’m so sorry Carol! I know it will be a long hard road but the good Lord has you! Thinking of you and praying for you daily ❤

  7. I wouldn’t have ever learned to put a worm on a hook if it wasn’t for Uncle Kenny.
    He was always so kind to invite me along all those early morning fishing trips….and I mean early.

    He even helped me learn to drive and get my license. I couldn’t have done it without him or that little Chevette.

    I know our family has scattered since Grandma and Grandpa passed, but we have some of the best memories you could imagine! Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas…..they’ll never be the same.
    I always looked forward to seeing all the family and hanging out with all my uncles.

    I’m saddened by Kenny’s passing, but we areall better people for having known the man. He lived a good life, he was a hard worker, he was compassionate, he was a great father and grandfather….he was a good man.

    Rest in peace Uncle Kenny. Tell all the others we love them and miss them. I love you.

  8. Carol and family, May Gods love, peace, comfort and strength surround you. With our deepest sympathy.
    Cindy and Joe Beaver

  9. My heart hurts for all of you. He was so loved my many.An amazing husband to you Carol. I love the stories you would tell and the beautiful pictures of your backyard and you both having coffee and enjoying the flowers. What a blessing Crystal and Jessica had to have Kenny as a father. Teaching them about life but most of all how to love and care ffg or others. And what an amazing Grandpa. Such a blessing to all. God give this family comfort and strength, as the days start to pass. Know we are praying for you all. And love you all so much. The Edward’s Family

  10. Kenny was always so kind to my Mom, bringing her some of his amazing flowers or just checking up on her from time to time. I always appreciated that!
    To us, he’s always had a kind word of encouragement or advice. He even replaced half of our fence (one slat at a time!) out of the kindness of his heart. We will miss our conversations over the chain link fence, but mainly we will miss Kenny as a person. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives!! Big hugs to everyone!!!!

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