Kenneth Bryan Balthaser was a native of Marion, Ohio, where he attended school through his junior year. He moved with his family to Mountain View,California in 1981 and graduated from Awalt high school. He attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Ken was a talented athlete, having played competitive baseball, tennis and swimming in high school. He was always an avid sports enthusiast and had a prodigious knowledge of all sports. Ken loved nature and the outdoors. He found great peace in fishing and camping. A curious man, Ken enjoyed watching films and videos that explored science, astronomy, nature, the Cosmos and religion and relished lively discussions about these subjects. Ken spent most of his working career in Silicon Valley in the video game industry as a game producer and designer. He worked for major publishers, including Activision, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, UbiSoft, Sega, Virgin Interactive and Fox Interactive. His video game credits included: Battlefield 1942 (PC), Battlefield Road to Rome(PC),Buffy the Vampire Slayer Global Operations (PC), NCAA Football 99 (PSX), March Madness 99 (PSX), among others. Ken was a gamer at heart until the end. Ken had a generous heart and a delightful sense of humor. He lived his life in his own way, on his own terms and passed peacefully in his sleep from a prolonged illness. He was 54. Ken is survived by his parents, Charles and Eiko Balthaser of Placerville, CA; two siblings, Eunice Wlcek of Union City, CA, and Neil Balthaser of Berkeley, CA; three children, Brittany Balthaser of Carmichael, CA, Brooke and Brandon Balthaser of Alamo, CA and three grandchildren, Alizeya Chagoya, Jordan Davila and Jaziah Davila. He is sorely missed by his family. May he rest in peace.