Normally at work when wife Marjie gets home from her job about 3:30 in the afternoon yesterday, 3/29/2013, she was concerned when she saw Kirk's car still at their Chiloquin home when she arrived. Kirk worked the swing shift (3PM to midnight) at the NEW Corporation as a Customer Call Representative . She immediately began looking for Kirk upon entering their home, and found him in bed, initially thinking he was asleep. She called 911 after being unsuccessful in her attempts to wake him. He was pronounced deceased upon their arrival and assessment, the cause of death is determined to have been a heart attack.
According to Mrs. Oakes, Kirk was recently diagnosed with congestive heart disease and has been ill off and on for the past 7 months.
Kirk was born 4/4/53 in Los Angeles California. He and wife Marjie met in Rancho Cordova California when they were 13 years old, and have been married since they were 18. They decided early on in their marriage not to have children and have enjoyed each other for the 42 years they've been married.
Kirk and his wife Marjie moved to Klamath in August of 1992 primarily for the quality of life here compared to southern California. Ms. Oakes told us " It wasn't the smog or the earthquakes that did us in, It was the gangs, the drive by shootings and general senseless violence".
Kirk was a self described political activist since marching in the streets in the 1960's. He made two unsuccessful runs at Klamath County Commissioner, first as a Democrat in the 2010 general election, and again as an Independent candidate last year.
Kirk served on the Board of Directors of the Klamath Blues Society for a number of years, and could be seen playing Blues at various events in the community.
A little known fact about Kirk shared with us by his wife Marjie is that he was a Mensa member, "which in order to qualify a person must pass a test that places their IQ in the top two percent of the world's population ( i.e. Genius level) I believe he scored either 172 or 173", she said.
Mrs. Oakes told us that Kirk's choice was to be cremated, without fanfare or ceremony, so no service is planned.