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Kendall I. Staples

September 14, 1994 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 24)

Kendall Irving Staples came into the world in Portland, Oregon on September 14, 1994. He was the only child of Kenneth Staples and Jeraldine Hart. Kendall could not wait to enter into the world, so he came four weeks early at 2.5lbs. He started his education at 4 years old at Peninsula Children’s Center. Kendall was curious about Jesus at an early age and accepted Him as his Lod and Savior at 8 years old and was baptized that same year. Kendall was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 10, a diagnosis that would challenge him for the rest of his life.

He went to Martin Luther King Elementary School from first grade through 8th grade. He was an avid sportsman throughout his elementary school years, playing football, basketball and baseball, his favorite being baseball. He was awarded most athletic at the end of his 8th grade year. He attended Grant High School his freshman and sophomore years and attended Rose
Mary Anderson High School his junior and senior years. Kendall participated/worked on numerous landscaping and humanitarian service projects with his dad Ken and his brother Micaiah. Kendall aspired to make the best out of life in spite of limited resources.

Kendall’s greatest desire was to succeed in life. Although he had many jobs, he preferred caregiving, to help care for those who could not care for themselves because he knew the
struggles that chronic illness brought. Kendall loved his family and where ever they gathered, he wanted to be in the mix. He belonged to the RipCity Pdx Krump dance community and loved to travel with them all over the United States. Wherever there was Krump dance competitions he wanted to be there, this is where he felt accepted and loved. Krump dancing helped him express himself without being hindered by his illness.

Kendall’s most special love was his brothers Julius and Micaiah. Julius who he looked up to for unconditional love and guidance and Micaiah who he loved with his whole heart, protected and mentored. Kendall wanted for them to excel in ways that his illness would not allow him to.

He leaves to cherish his memory his 2 brothers Julius and Micaiah; father, Ken Staples; mother, Jerri Hart; stepfather, Nathan Hart; stepbrother, Marshal; grandmother, Ora Hart (Louisiana), three cousins more like brothers, John, Nygil, and Joseph; aunts, Jackie Miller (Portland), Debra Staples (N.Y.), Sharon Staples (Florida), Annette Hart (California), Felicia Wells-Thomas (Portland); uncles, Shaheed Haamid (Portland), John (Louisiana) and Paul Hart (Texas), Herbert and Curtis Staples (Florida), Calvin and Ralph Staples (N.Y.), James Miller and Andre Thomas (Portland); great aunts, Sara Poole and Maude Blackburne (Louisiana); and a host of family and friends in Portland, N.Y., FL, GA, SC, CA, LA, TX and VA.

His loving and gentle spirit will be missed by all.


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