This is a very difficult post to write, much as it is difficult to really accept that someone in the prime of his life, with young children who needed him, who is far younger than I am, could just die. It just doesn't seem right, but as we know, right and wrong rarely determines who lives and who dies.
Ken was an inspirational author of the SQL Server Guru's Guide series of books, and a fascinating speaker at TechEd and SQL Server conferences. I learned things from his first SQL Server book (The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL) that I had been unable to get the details about anywhere else.
Ken passed away on Sunday, January 27, in Meeker, Oklahoma.
Ken's next to last blog post talked about our last meeting together. What he doesn't mention is that we talked about a way we could start working together, and I was very much looking forward to that. I may be able to do some of the same work without him, but it won't be the same.
I will miss him.