Dion Parlade Kerns
  • 50 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 18, 1963
  • Date of passing: Feb 16, 2014
Let the memory of Dion be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dion Kerns, 50, born on August 18, 1963 and passed away on February 16, 2014. We will remember him forever.

Please help keep his memory alive by sharing memories of your own of our loved one, Dion!  Thank you!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 15th February 2017

I see the calendar and am reminded that it's  almost 3 years. I miss you so much. Love you"

This tribute was added by Leta Popa on 17th August 2016

"There is so much I want to tell you but you already know.  Tomorrow marks another birthday, always a huge struggle for our children who miss you terribly. I have no doubt your right there with them. I pray you are at peace and somehow know how truly missed you are. I think of you often & truly understand now the meaning of that old saying," if I knew then what I know now". Happy birthday D."

This tribute was added by Ivonne Urriola on 21st February 2016


Lamento mucho tu rápida partida de éste mundo, pero se que desde el cielo nos estas viendo y podrás darte cuenta de todo lo bueno que hiciste aqui abajo.
Gracias por tu amistad, apoyo y buena vibra!
Muy buenas memorias contigo mientras tuve la oportunidad de conocerte y trabajar en aquel car dealer cerca del hospital. ..
La verdad es que hay muy pocas personas tan amables y carismáticas como tu en el mundo, fue un placer conocerte y espero volver a saludarte cuando nos volvamos a encontrar en el mas allá.
Un abrazo desde Panamá!

This tribute was added by Ken Kerns on 16th February 2016


Remembering today as the second anniversary of your passing has left my heart sad and a little empty.  I still think of you often, especially the way you served others and used your comical ways to lift other's spirits.  Actually, there are few times I can remember that you weren't being funny.

There are so many things that I miss about you - but mostly I miss you!  You will always be loved and remembered!"

This tribute was added by Mike Watkins on 16th February 2016

"Dion...hard to believe it's already been 2 years....I have very good memories of our time at Westwood...it's always Peanut Butter Jelly Time....R.I.P"

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 15th February 2016

Can't believe tomorrow will be two years.  A lot has happened. Faith's son is due any day now. DJ and Heather's marriage ran into turbulence that they couldn't weather.  MaryAnn's dad passed away and Annie came to Vegas for the service. Jeffrey is growing up so tall. You probably know all this as you are watching over them.  We've had numerous parties at the house, and every time, I look for you in the kitchen. It's not the same, and it never will be. I miss you so much. Love you little brother."

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 25th December 2015

"Merry Christmas Dion
I miss your calls, Especially on the holidays. Give my love to Mom and Dad"

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 18th August 2015

It's midnight Colorado time. Happy Birthday. Enjoy your special day with Mom and Dad. miss you all.  Love you"

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 10th August 2015

It is August already. I miss you terribly. Every time I write the date, I know I am one day closer to your birthday and I won't be able to hear your voice. I listen to your voice message on my phone but it's not the same. I know you will be celebrating with Mom and Dad (Happy Birthday Dad) and Bev and Les' parents and Monte's parents. You will probably be having a big party in heaven
I still miss your funny sense of humor, your flexibility, your willingness to help others. I miss you. I think it is unfair that you were taken so early. You still had so much life to live. But it's not my place to question.  Just to continue to love you"

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 16th February 2015

"Dear Dion,
I talk to you everyday, so you know what's in my heart. It's hard to believe its been a year. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday we were laughing on the phone. But mostly, the grief is so overwhelming, it feels like there is no respite, and I can't remember not missing you terribly.  I find comfort (as it may be) that you are not alone. Give my love to Mom and Dad.
I'll continue talking and giving you updates. And continue to share corny jokes with you. And I will continue to love you and miss you. Always"

This tribute was added by Eugene Kerns on 16th February 2015

"I still miss you very very much, I still just want to call and see how your doing maybe share a problem or two, maybe kiss your bald head, I can't tell if looking at our picture everyday on my phone comforts or troubles, but I miss you old man."

This tribute was added by Annie Kerns on 30th June 2014

"Dad, not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. We didn't have enough time...I didn't have enough time. It still hurts. I know that you are always near and with me when I need you, but it's still so unreal. As crazy as it sounds, I'm grateful for the moments that you visit me in my sleep. Even though it has made for some tough mornings, it's comforting to know I can still see you around and hear your laugh...if only for a brief moment in my dreams...I love you dad"

This tribute was added by Kim Miller on 4th April 2014

"I remember Dion from school and working at McDonalds.He was always the bright light wherever he was. We had so many laughs and loads of fun.
I was so happy to have connected with him after many years. I miss you very much Dion. You always made me smile."

This tribute was added by Jacquelyn Espinoza on 17th March 2014

""The way Dion served was phenominal."   (Quote Pastor T.H.)

So Profound! This will always be indelled in my mind forever!  (J.E.)

I know there are other men out there, with alot of Love, also, but there were two men in my Life, Dion Kerns and My Father, that The Lord blessed me, and others to have been a special part in seeing and receiving such a Love, Alot of people have not understood how a Man can have so much Love for people. But its the Love of God operating through them.
After The Memorial, that night at My Mothers House; I just layed in bed looking across the dark room, trying to process all this and understand. I guess I accepted it happend,
Then all of a sudden I could feel Dion's Spirit So strong in the room. I just layed there, and Knew, there is an annointing so strong, because I remember Dion said He and the guys said there's so much scripture written inside all the walls of My Mothers house. Dion was so Loving and Caring; as I am saying this tears, are welling up in my eyes, But Dion came to say goodbye that night. They say they stick around for awhile, the Angels get them ready, before they escort them in.

Wow! He had a Legacy."

This tribute was added by Cherry Griffith on 28th February 2014

"Dion, Know you are up with many awesome people. Love the times we had with these young men and women. You will be dearly missed. Send my love too all your family!"

This tribute was added by Dion Kerns Jr on 27th February 2014

   I don't know where to start. and don't even know how. I read all these nice thing people are saying about you and to you and I find myself filled with envy. I so confused on why this is happening or more so why it happened. How can such a great man leave this world? I feel like we all still need you. I still need you...
   Im so happy that you called me Saturday before you left, Im so thankful to have heard your voice that one last time tell me you love me,.. it seems like yesterday that you and I were playing with Jeff over Christmas.. it seems like yesterday that you were racing on a track in a Ferrari.. but yet it feels so far away now.

   I don't know if I ever told you this but thank you for everything you have done for me, thank you for sacrificing your life for me.. thank you for fighting for my siblings, things got rough and difficult But Dad thank you for not giving up. I know that you will still never give up on us and you will be watching over us always. I love you Dad..."

This tribute was added by Linda Gandy on 27th February 2014

"Dear Dion,

We can never understand when someone we love goes home to be with The Lord at such a young age.  You blessed so many people in the time you had with us. I will always remember the wonderful dinners you made for our group and the beautiful heart you had as you shared your gift of hospitality and of course great food! You were a wonderful friend to so many and I will miss your quick smile and love for people. Until we are all together again, you will be..forever missed.

May God Keep Wendy and Your Family In His Loving Arms,

This tribute was added by Leta Popa on 25th February 2014

"Dion, no matter what we have ever disagreed about....I couldn't have asked for a better father to my children. Thank you so much for giving me such great blessings in my life. I know they will make you proud!"

This tribute was added by Kathi Crane on 25th February 2014

"There are many words with which to describe Dion, but by far I think the most appropriate is exuberant.  He "overflowed with enthusiasm" in everything he did and usually said.  I will miss the light-hearted banter via text and phone covering everything from our jobs to our families and the Broncos. I know he is singing with the angels (and probably trying to change the words).  Until we meet again, my friend, save a place for me in that choir."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Copley on 25th February 2014

"I remember Dion's wonderful smile! He had such a welcoming spirit for everyone. I knew him from sharing Holiday's at J.D.'s and Keith's, like my Jeff, he was taken home mighty early. I know that in Heaven they are smiling and singing and scoping out the most intriguing places to show us when we arrive!"

This tribute was added by Dawn Goldman on 24th February 2014

"Dion, I remember you as a very kind hearted person with an infectious laugh! Best of all, you were a good brother to my great friend, JD."

This tribute was added by Carl Holmes on 24th February 2014

"Dion,  you were my first good friend when I came to Colorado Springs. You are goofy, humble and infinitely giving of yourself. I am sorry our friendship drifted, but we are only apart for a time. Till I see you again my friend. -Selah"

This tribute was added by ilene Kerns Martin-Hall on 23rd February 2014

"My Dearest Dion,

It hurts me to think you were alone when you died, especially since you were always there for anyone who ever needed you.  Thank you for being there for me.  And thank you for asking me to be there for you.  

What crazy little things will always remind me of you.  When I get in my car, I will think of all the times you called when you were driving because you wanted company on the road.  When I am at the fruit section of a grocery store, I will remember that you convinced me a watermelon Viking boat would be a perfect decoration for Becky and Justin's wedding (it was!). When I am looking for a tool in the garage, I will wonder if it was one you borrowed and never returned. When I hear Amazing Grace, I will remember your pain of losing Mom.  

I am glad you finally have found some peace, but I miss you dearly. I love you."

This tribute was added by Arlene Underhill on 23rd February 2014

"Dear Dion, I am so saddened that you are gone so soon! It seems like it was just yesterday we found each other on Facebook But I am So Happy that We Did! Just being able to say "Hey" to You again Really Made My Day! It was so many years ago that we worked together there at McDs! You were such a Great Employee, None of Us Ever Forgot You! Of course the Dance you took me with You for your prom I think it was, but beings how I was your boss, that could have raised some eyes lol But Hey I Didn't Care because You Were Such a Great Friend too Man! And I can tell just by reading that Your Whole Famiy Knew That too! Luved U, Man! You Will Always Remain in My Memory and Heart!"

This tribute was added by Eugene Kerns on 23rd February 2014

"how do you say good by to 50 years one of my oldest and dearest Friends, my big little brother, endearing conversations, heart felt struggles, I have always admired your willingness to fight for your children no matter the cost., Thank you for being there in my life through thick and thin, thank you for the way you made me feel about myself, I'll miss your companionship and quirkiness, wish I could tell you " your not heavy your my Brother" . and right now I could use one of your, clear your throat tear washed bear hugs,
      fair thee well my fighter, my Brother, my Friend, since I can't ask you to stay - I'll ask you to wait for me. Till we meet again, I Love You Geno"

This tribute was added by Cedric Kerns on 23rd February 2014


I have memories of our childhood that shall forever be precious. Thank you for being my best friend for most of our childhood days.  Only those  great memories outweigh the hurt and anger I feel from your loss. I wish I had your incredible qualities of patience and forgiveness. (You must have gotten those from dad.)  

Although you may be gone, you live on thru your children. You did well there- my brother!

I love you.


P.S.  Football season will never be the same without listening to you complain about bad calls that were obviously good."

This tribute was added by Karri Kerns on 23rd February 2014


The good Lord has blessed me in so many ways in my life. However, among the biggest blessings I have ever received is the day I became part of your family when I married your brother, Ken. From day one, you accepted me as "your sister" and I am so proud to have been your sister on this earth for the last 29 years.  

In so many ways, you have been and will continue to be  a "beacon of light" for your family.  We all knew you had struggles but your faith never wavered and the light of Christ shone through you and your acts.  Thank you for being such a wonderful example of a Christian and a "real-life" Good Samaritan! My prayer is that I learn from the life you led on this earth so that I will become a better person through your example.

Until we are all together again, as one family in Christ,

We love you and we miss you!"

This tribute was added by JD McGinley on 23rd February 2014

You were taken away from us to soon.  Your sweet, generous, giving heart had given more than you could bare.  I will miss your funny antics, your amazing capacity to love through much drama and your soothing manor in which you handled family difficulties.  Your Rescuer, rescued you from the heartaches and difficulties you were facing in this life.  Your legacy is written on the hearts of your children and I am grateful, we have them to bring to life the pieces of you, you imprinted on them."

This tribute was added by rochelle oleksuk on 23rd February 2014

"Dion, I think Mom must have loved you best because she missed you and wanted you to be with her.  We all worried about the giant mountains you had to climb and hoped that one day you would find the life you deserved and worked so had to reach.  The photos show that your happiest moments were those precious times you spent with your children.  I know that they will remember you with fondness and laughter and love, and that they will all work hard to be the children you wished them to be.  I will miss you but  in  my heart I know that you are finally at peace, unburdened and in the arms of our Lord and our parents.  Watch over all of us, be our guiding angel. I Love you. Rochelle"

This tribute was added by Ken Kerns on 23rd February 2014


It is so hard to accept that you are gone.   I will always remember your distinctive laugh and inviting smile.   I am proud and thankful that you are my brother...and will be forever!"

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Dion Kerns Jr
Karri Kerns
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