Kenneth Alvin Malatek

Kenneth Alvin Malatek, 79, passed away peacefully August 1, 2018 at Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, Texas.

Kenneth was born in Gonzales, Texas on June 29, 1939 to Alvin and Mildred Malatek. He was a graduate of Gonzales High School, Class of 1957. He attended South West Texas State (Texas State) on a football scholarship and lettered all 3 years that he played football. Vice president Lyndon Johnson gave the commencement speech at his college graduation ceremony in May 1961. He later received a Master’s Degree, also from SWT. Kenneth worked as a coach, educator and administrator for 31 years. His greatest passion was working with and educating young people.

He spent his leisure time enjoying his family along with golf, tennis and running. He was a lifelong Democrat and lived a life of service to his family, his community and his church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Nonadel Schweda Malatek; his son Greg Malatek and wife Shelly; his son Rex Malatek and wife Jennifer; his daughter Jessica Reynolds and husband Gary; his grandchildren Lauren, Jacob, Garrett, Hank, Haley and William Kenneth; his brother Kevin Malatek and wife Joyce; nieces and nephews Johnna Pridgeon, Shane Schweda, Reagan Tully, Lindsay Chapman, Hunter Malatek.

Memorial donations in Kenneth’s memory can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at

Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station, Texas.


  1. Greg,Rex and Jessica u guys had one of the best fathers that walked this earth. Soo many memories ( all good ) that I can think of with your dad at the old house on summit street. Your dad always gave good advice and was very supportive on what ever we all did. Never had bad things to say about anybody. I know all of u will pull together and get thru this like a champ. Take care of your mom and take it one day at a time. The lord is with you always.

  2. His smile and encouragement made our neighborhood a better place to live.
    We will always remember his laughter as we walk the circle.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time…. With deepest sympathy

  4. Kenneth was a schoolmate of mine in Gonzales. He was so nice as a kid and grew up to be so nice as a man. I’m going to really miss him at our school reunions. Everyone is going to miss Kenneth. He was one of a kind. Nona, my heart hurts for you. But, God is going to take care of you during this hard time and in the future. You have your family and friends. Use them.

    Judy Short Mahan

  5. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. The world has lost a wonderful person. May he Rest In Peace. Much love to you Nona and family.

  6. Nonadel, I was saddened to learn of Kenneth’s passing but your loss is Heaven’s gain. Kenneth was such a likable gentleman, always smiling and ready to help in any way he could. When I think of the two of you, I remember you both were always smiling. Your love for each other always showed. I grieve with you, my sweet friend, I wish I could put my arms around you and give you a loving hug. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God will help you through each day, one day at a time.

  7. Kenneth will be remembered for the kind and sincere person he was by all his former students, colleagues and friends he made contact with throughout his life. He will be missed by so many, but truly appreciated. Rest In Peace Kenneth. A great life lived by a really good man. Jack and Mary Gayle Morgan

  8. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.
    At a sad time as this, the Bible gives us comfort at Revelation 21:3,4 where God promises to rid the earth of sickness, sorrow and death. What a wonderful time when we no longer have to face these enemies.
    I hope this scripture gives you some consolation.

  9. I don’t recall ever seeing Kenneth in a negative mode. Working with you as an educator and administrator for years was a joy Kenneth. To Nona and the kids, Your dad was a great and positive person, I am honored to have been in your lives as a teacher and a friend. I was so honored Nona that you and Kenneth chose me to help you with your homes, and that Kenneth helped in the years that I took care of Little League Baseball in Gonzales. My thoughts and prayers are with you, The light in our world just got a little dimmer without Kenneth. God Bless You.

  10. Nona, I just today found out about Kenneth’s passing. I am so sorry. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We had such wonderful years with our husbands and Don always thought the world of Kenneth. He always cherished those years at SWT and those years with Kenneth. I still miss Don every minute of every day but am so thankful that I had as many years as I did with him and I know that you will be the same. It will get a little easier as time goes by and just rely on friends and family to help you through this. Prayers and love to you.

  11. Greg, Rex, Jessica – Sorry to hear the news about your dad. He was a great man and was well respected and a great educator. I really enjoyed our times in Gonzales and can still remember him always having a smile on his face. I offer you my prayers and sympathy during this time.

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