Kenneth Mark Safarik, 1952 - Feb. 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ken was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. In the '70s he served in the Navy, married, and had children. His vocation as a talented electrician earned him the position as Chief Engineer on a 107-foot private yacht in the Caribbean, on which he circumnavigated the globe.

After that, Ken was Chief Engineer on a large ship that sailed from Florida to Saudi Arabia where he worked for more than a year. In the words of Capt. Bob McElveen of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ken was a "world class sailor."

Whenever McElveen had a boat delivery to do, Ken was the first person he would call.

They did many deliveries, including sailing the tall ship USS Constitution from England to New York. On other jobs, they navigated into the uncharted waters of northern Canada and throughout the Caribbean.

He loved seeing the sights and had a joyous appreciation of nature. Ken lived in a cabin on the Mulberry River for 11 years before moving to Eureka Springs in 2004. He was a faithful member of the Penn Memorial First Baptist Church on Spring Street.

His sister-in-law, Cynthia Robbins Safarik, remembers him as a friendly and helpful guy, always with an upbeat attitude. "He had cheerful and optimistic outlook, even in the face of much physical difficulty. He also loved to teach people, to share information. He helped his brother, Hank, on all his projects in Eureka Springs and Holiday Island."

Ken is survived by his mother, Ida Henson, brother Bill Safarik, sister Linda Castonguay, son Shiloh, and daughter Bethany.

There will be a memorial service at the Penn Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 .

Burial will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Memorial Fund for Ken Safarik in care of the Penn Baptist Church to help with funeral costs.