Ken Turner
(1948 - 2009)

Ken Turner

Santa Barbara
June 24, 1948

Los Angeles
June 26, 2009

Music. Rainbows. Love. Books. Animals. People.
Kenneth Turner, a producer, artist, poet and sound engineer in television and radio passed away in Los Angeles, California, Friday, June 26, 2009.

He was 61 years old. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Turner became a trusted resource for many in the music industry and parlayed that experience into a long career as a sound mixer and later producer. In the early 1970’s Turner moved to Los Angeles and became a sound engineer at Metromedia Television (now Fox Television) where he worked on such legendary TV shows as "All in the Family" "The Jefferson's" "Three's Company" and "One Day at a Time."

Turner paved the way for many young audiophiles and put his knowledge of music and recording into a production career in radio and video journalism, creating such series as "Backbeat" and producing a weekly music news show for Fox Television in Los Angeles. He produced music videos for L.A. bands and was respected by many of the music industry decision makers.

A consummate professional, Turner inspired all he worked with to be their best and brought a sense of wonder and joy to all he did. For his friends and colleagues who had the honor of working with him, there is no one who matched his wit, knowledge and commitment to his craft. We will all miss you Ken, and promise to live each day as you did, filled with love and laughter.

Ken is survived by his wife Jeanette Sutor-Turner, Dino, his dog and his brother John.

A Celebration of Ken Turner's Life will be at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, 23400 Park Sorrento, May 22nd at 6:00PM.

(Please do not send any flowers or sympathy gifts.)

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You really get to know someone when you spend long hours together over the course of many years. Sometimes you get to know someone special.

Ken’s friendly nature was always so open and friendly. It seemed like he made everyone his friend. Whatever we were doing, he just did it well and without any fuss or sense of self-importance. Even in the middle a train wreck, I don’t think I ever remember hearing Ken complain about anything.

He was a passionate soul. One of those very rare people with great depth of feeling about many things, but who was able to share his mind with you and earn your respect for his perspective.

I remember always calling him Kenny, which I came later to learn was not his first choice among names. But he was always so tolerant, that he never called me on it, even when I learned better, and finally came around to calling him just plain Ken.

There can’t be a better way to live, than to be loved and respected by the people you touch on your way through life. I guess Kenny must have known that.
Bob Bowen (friend)
September 28th, 2009

I miss you so much, please come back, my heart is broken...

September 15th, 2009
Ken was a great uncle!!! Im going to miss making fun of his mustache and when he had a pony tail. Uncle Ken always went out of his way for the family. We always had a blast making fun of stuff. I always remember sneaking into the field level of dodger games with him and Neattle. Ken was apart of my life the day I was born and will continue to be.
Ryan Long (Nephew)
August 10th, 2009
One of his interest is rainbows? hahaha. Ken was great... even though he was a Giants fan. He used to take me around and go baseball card shopping. One time when I was a little kid we went to this card show and he bought me a very old Nolan Ryan baseball card. I still have it on my shelf, its my best card. We also saw the movie "almost famous" together and he had to remind me that not everyone had that much fun in the 70's... but I'm sure HE did. Ken was one of the nicest, coolest guys Ive met and he will be missed.
Dwight Long (Nephew)
August 5th, 2009
I met Ken after he tracked me down to work on the Jazziz's "Crossroads Cafe" blues site. I knew immediately this soft spoken engineer was a wealth of knowledge when it came to music. We hit it off from the very beginning. My goal at each session to was to get him to laugh at one of my reactions to the content of the music I was playing. I finally got him a couple of times and we had so much fun!

As a sound engineer Ken was the best of the best. He as grounded in what it took to make the sound and content right. And it always on the mark! It wasn't hard to see that I found my musical brother and life long friend. Our conversations about the artists, the music, where we are today etc., always brought me closer to Ken. It was not hard to love and respect Ken Turner and to be able to call him my friend. Ken was able to read my "musical soul" and would have selections new and old that would fit my programming. He nailed it every time. I felt that we've known each other for a long time. To be able to call Ken my friend and colleague is a honor. I will miss him and will never forget Ken Turner.

Heaven has opened its doors to my friend and brother whose "Footprints" will remain in my life. Ken, I will see you on the other side....

Bubba Jackson
Bubba Jackson (Friend)
August 4th, 2009
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"after all these years my dear Ken, your light still shines bright. I feel you with us all the time and Jim and I speak of you often. From the great music mixes to that wry laugh and smile, you are always in my high....G"
Georja skinner
July 8th, 2014
"Jeanette I don't know what to say I miss the old gang My heart goes out to you on Ken's death The friendship's that were made om those early days of MM are the exsistence of my every day god bless you and Ken will forever look down upon us and smi"
Sam Mollaun
August 7th, 2009
"I started working in TV at Metrotape in the 1980s where I met a bunch of fun peeps. Ken was, with his kind smile and light heart, a pro among pros. Deepest sympathies to his family."
Val Stulman
July 28th, 2009
"Ken was one of my first friends in L.A. We always seemed to be working at the same places, and he was always an inspiration to me. Ken, I missed you when you left KTTV, and I miss you even more now."
Diane Ruszczyk
July 15th, 2009
"Those early Metromedia days with were filled with an electric atmosphere where Ken contributed to television sitcom magic. He embraced the art of television with skill, and enthusiasm with a kind, gentle nature – he will be missed."
Michael Carter
July 13th, 2009
"For giving us so many wonderful memories, for being a great friend, we love you, Ken. Take Wings."
Phylliss Bailey Brooks
July 10th, 2009
July 10th, 2009
"To Jeanette, I can't begin to tell you how sad I feel for your loss. Both you and Ken exist in some of my fondest memories. The years we spent together at MM will stay with me forever. How could they not..."
Stu Rudolph
July 9th, 2009
"Thanks for all the wonderful times we had working and playing together... I love you KT... I always will"
Scotty Glickman
July 9th, 2009
"A member of "Our Metro Crew" has moved on and he will be missed. But I do believe Ken is now with a great crew in the "Big Room" from now on. Its a Great Call Sheet and Ken will bring his skills and a great smile. RIP Ken... That's a Wrap."
Steven Castaneda
July 8th, 2009

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