Longtime Rialto resident, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Kenneth Darris Chapman slipped into eternity on Monday, December 14, 2015.
They say that a man’s life can be measured by the impact that he has on the lives of others. If indeed this is the metric by which one’s life is measured—Kenneth Chapman’s life was a life well lived.
Ever the fun loving man, Kenney enjoyed spending time with his immediate and extended family. Always industrious, Chapman established a successful career with the County of San Bernardino. After retiring from his county position, he established a second career with the United States Postal Service. During this time he also operated a long-standing tax preparation service that was initially established by his late father.
Perhaps Chapman’s most charitable legacy was his involvement with the Alpha Phi Alpha Annual Oratorical Contest. It brought him great joy to support the treasured annual speech contest that provides an opportunity for students, grades one through twelve, to enhance their public speaking skills, gain self-confidence and further develop his/her character.
Compassionate by nature, Chapman’s generous spirit extended far beyond his involvement with Alpha Phi Alpha even to those he did not know. A registered organ donor, his final act of kindness and generosity was the donation of his corneas, which allowed two recipients to regain their eyesight within days of his passing.
Chapman is survived by his loving wife Linda Annette Chapman; two children Charmaine Chapman-Morehead and Theresa Chapman-Boyd, his brother Clarence Robert Chapman and a host of relatives, dear friends and loved ones. A proud father-in-law and grandfather, Chapman is also survived by his sons-in-law, Wayne Eric Morehead, Christopher Kyle Boyd, three granddaughters Letha, Lelah and Lana Boyd and grandson, Grant Wayne Morehead.
His legacy and the indelible mark that he made throughout the course of his life will be forever remembered.