In Memoriam Kenneth (Kenny) Billings Shulsen 1969-2014


My fellow Lairians, I don’t know how to say this, and so I say this with a heavy heart and with great sadness. This is the hardest article I have ever had to write over here. Our good friend, Colleague, and senior writer Kenny Shulsen has lost his battle with multiple health issues and passed away on Thursday.

Kenny Billings Shulsen- 1969-2014

Kenny Billings Shulsen- 1969-2014

Kenneth Shulsen, born Kenneth Billings Shulsen, A.K.A. Kenny B. was born May 25th, 1969 in Murray Utah. Kenny grew up in Midvale and sandy Utah, and attended Hilcrest High School where he graduated with honors. He served as senior class secretary, and was a letterman on the 1987 State championship tennis team.

Kenny later attended Dixie College, and graduated from Utah State University, with a masters degree in History. Kenny also regularly played fantasy Baseball online.

On October 11, 1997 Kenny married his college sweetheart Tami Lynn Taracena. Together they had two children Luke Kenneth, and Tyler Steven (deceased). Kenny is survived by his wife Tami, son Luke, his parents, sister Stacy Ann Rice, and nephews.

Kenny helped make Lasorda’s Lair what it is today. He was one of the first writers, and the longest tenured writer on staff. Kenny was editing and writing over here well before Stacie and I took over. It was because of Kenny’s hard work that we obtained our press credentials. Kenny was a skilled and seasoned writer.

I’m having a hard time writing this. Kenny and I had become pretty good friends over the last couple of years. We would talk nearly every Dodger game. Whenever I watched Dodger games, I was always talking to Kenny during. We chatted, spoke over the phone and spoke of our love of the Dodgers often. I’ll never forget our late night talks about the Dodgers.

Kenny and I had made plans to finally meet in about two weeks around his birthday. Unfortunately that didn’t get to happen. We were supposed to go to a game together, and hang out and celebrate our love of the Dodgers. Kenny got the honor of meeting and chatting with Dodger’s GM Ned Colletti. I am glad that Kenny got to meet him, and that he got to go to spring training before he passed away. His son Luke also got to meet Colletti as well.

Kenny was always the optimist. He was a calming presence here often giving us words of encouragement. Even when the Dodgers were struggling he was always full of hope. He never lost faith and bled blue more than anyone I’ve ever known.

We will be gathering his articles and posting them up on the front page so everyone can read his work. His name and work will be on Lasorda’s Lair forever. We will also be dedicating Gagne’s Game ball corner to Kenny. It will now be known as “Kenny’s Game Ball Corner”. We’ll have more on Kenny later, celebrating his love and passion for the Dodgers.

Please join us over here at Lasorda’s Lair to remember Kenny. If you knew Kenny, or were friends with him leave a message or comment. You can also pay online condolences here http://www.jenkins-soffe.com/obituary?id=1383312.

We’ve lost a valuable member of Lasorda’s Lair. More importantly his family lost a father, brother, husband and son. I’ve also lost a friend.

You are and forever will be my friend. I’ll miss you Kenny.

Tags: Kenny Shulsen Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Melissa Felkins

    So sorry to hear this news. Our condolences from Around the Foghorn and from me. Will be keeping Kenny’s family and Lasorda’s Lair in our thoughts.

  • Dave Hill

    Us here at Kings of Kauffman wish to offer our condolences to you all at Lasorda’s Lair and Kenny’s family. We are all truly sorry for your loss.

  • Yoni Pollak

    Condolences from the entire House Of Houston family to all you at Lasorda’s Lair and to Kenny’s family. We are sorry to hear the news and have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Michael Engel

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. Kenny always did a great job here and was a great guy to chat with, and I’m really sorry to learn of this loss. My thoughts go out to his family.

  • Eric Nathanson

    Extremely sorry for your loss and ours. Kenny was great baseball person. As a writer over at Around the Foghorn this is where I get my Dodgers news, and Kenny was always a good read.

  • Joel Wagler

    Sorry to get this news. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Aaron Somers

    Unbelievably sorry to hear this news. Kenny was a true class act and always professional in every exchange I had with him. Hang in there guys. You know we’re all here should you need anything.

  • Adam Best

    Condolences to the Shulsen family from the entire FanSided family. Talented writer and apparently an even better man.

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Kenny will always be remembered as FanSided Family member. Our thoughts go out to his family.

  • Justin Schultz

    RIP Kenny

  • Kyle Franzoni

    My condolences go out to both Kenny’s family and his extended families here at LaSorda’s Lair and FanSided. He will be greatly missed!

  • Al

    My condolences to his family. We’re just a year apart in age. We share the same birthday, although I’m 1968. Mr. Shulsen will be remembered.

  • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

    Wow. I’m shocked and really taken back by this. Kenny was the first person to reach out to me when I joined FanSided three years ago and I had tremendous respect for the work he did here at Lasorda’s Lair the person he was. He was the heart and soul of this place for a long time and it’s hard to think of him not being around going forward.

  • fireboss

    It’s a sad thing indeed to lose a valued friend and coworker so young. I didn’t know Kenny but anyone who dedicates himself to sites like ours does it with passion and from the heart. I am sorry for your loss and the loss of his knowledge and skill in helping fans understand their team. Rest well Kenny.
    Fred Owens Senior Writer, Tomahawk Take

  • mdixon85

    Sincerest condolences to Lasorda’s Lair and of course, Kenny’s family from myself and everyone at Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks. His time on earth was far too short, but while I didn’t know him, it seems as though his time was well spent doing what he loved and living with people he loved.

    Definitely something and someone to keep in mind as we all do this. RIP.

  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Pete Sonski

    Sincere condolences to Kenny’s family, friends and associates. I’m not sure who said it, but I’ve found it to be consolation: “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” May his memory and good works live on through all of you.
    Pete, BoSox Injection

  • Domenic Vadala

    On behalf of Birds Watcher, the Baltimore Orioles, and their fans, deepest of condolences. It sounds like Kenny was a great writer and asset to Lasorda’s Lair. May he rest in peace.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Condolences to his Family and to his friends at Lasorda’s Lair. -Shaun (Jays Journal)

  • Patrick Allen

    Terrible news. Condolances to the Shulsen family.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    To all the staff and management at LL, and to Kenny’s family, you have my deepest condolences. Just like everyone across the whole network, Kenny was FanSided, so Kenny was family. We feel your loss.

  • http://twitter.com/Spin_47 Les Bailey

    My prayers go out to Kenny’s family in this sad time.

  • Bruce Brooks

    Now Resting in Peace, with “The Big Dodger in the Sky”.

  • http://www.smartfantasybaseball.com/ Tanner Bell

    My thoughts and prayers go to Kenny’s family and to everyone at Lasorda’s Lair.

  • Tim Kelly

    So sad to hear this. Thoughts and prayers are with Kenny’s family.

  • Tom Lynch

    On behalf of everyone at venomstrikes, our hearts and prayers are with Kenny’s family as well as those at lasordaslair.

  • Kent D

    I have the honor of being a Dodger fan in Giants country (much sarcasm) and am fortunate enough to feel like part of a family with sites such as Lasordas Lair. Feels like I’ve lost a brother. Kenny, hope you’re hangin’ with Pee Wee and Co. in Blue Heaven.

  • Quasimodo

    Dear friends, this news is so very-very sad. I had tried to post several times before today, but was unsuccessful logging into discus. Kenny’s cheerful demeanor was always reflected to us through his writing and handed on to us all. It was very easy to be a friend of his. This makes me more appreciative of Ned Colletti for seeing- treating Kenny as a special friend and giving exclusive attention. Kenny was a really good guy. A piece of the puzzle is missing now and I hope Kenny’s family can get though the pain they’re feeling.