40-year Canyon Lake resident passes away at 91

Ken and Dorothy Cable attend a function at the Canyon Lake Lodge. Photo by Ron Martel.

Longtime Canyon Lake resident Ken Cable passed away on March 26 at the age of 91. Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2015, they had enjoyed extensive travel of the world’s backroads for decades. Ken shared their travel stories in a long-running column in The Friday Flyer.

Ken left home at the age of 17 and joined the army. He did not return to his education until well into his chosen career and had a family. Over time, Ken acquired a degree in journalism from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MPA in public administration from the University of Southern California. He also taught part-time at these universities.

After 35 years of pursuing justice for all, Ken retired at the rank of chief at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. After retirement, he became assistant county CAO and acting director of the county’s Management Information Division.

Ken enjoyed relaxing at his ranch in the Sequoias as well as his condo in Maui. Ken was an avid reader. Later in life, he wrote a wildlife column in The Friday Flyer and wrote and published a series of children’s wildlife stories.

Ken Cable takes a seat in Maui. Photo by Ron Martel.

Ken and Dorothy were early supporters of many Canyon Lake clubs and organizations, including the Fine Arts Guild and Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Burial will be next to his wife Dorothy at Riverside National Cemetery on Thursday, April 20, at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Canyon Lake Community Church on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Sheriff’s Relief Association of Los Angeles, California, Inc. at


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