SALEM, Ore. — Kenneth Ken Husby, one of the clubs founding board members passed away earlier this month at the age of 76.
Husby’s memorial service was held in Salem for a packed room that included many members of the Salem soccer community – a testament to his impact in the Salem community.
Founding club president Eric Johansen spoke at the service, recounting Husby’s involvement with CFC (then Salem United Soccer Club).
Husby helped pioneer youth soccer in Salem as a board member of South West Soccer Club in 1990, and then again with the unification of the four soccer clubs in Salem to form Salem United Soccer Club in 1993. Husby was primarily responsible for growing the club’s Waterfront Soccer Tournament (now known as the Capital Cup) from a few dozen teams to over 200 teams in its prime. Husby also played a key role in garnishing support of Concerned Businesses to help with the development of CFC’s soccer complex on State Street. At the time of its construction it was the only privately held soccer complex in the state.
Born in Astoria, Husby graduated from Astoria High School, a three-sport athlete during all 4 years. He went on to Oregon State University graduating in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ken served his country with the 101st Airborne as a First Lieutenant in Vietnam from 1968-1969.
He spent the majority of his working career as a road and bridge designer with Oregon Department of Transportation as a professional engineer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Veterans organization of your choice.