Corey Shaun McKenna was born at Roosevelt General Hospital on December 28, 1985 to Raymond McKenna and Betsy McKenna-Jones.
He was a wonderful Father, Brother, Son, Husband, and Friend. He loved his family more than anything. Everything he did, he did for them. He was a giant teddy bear who gave the best hugs. From the age of 6 he was the family tech support, helping his mother whenever her “anti-technology field” caused her problems (all the time). He fixed everyone’s phones and computers whenever he was asked and he only rolled his eyes a few times when we did the same thing wrong 8 times in a row. His sense of humor was legendary. He could make anyone laugh in any situation, in fact by all accounts his sense of humor is reported to be the only reason he made it to adulthood. He would be in the worst trouble and make his mom laugh then quietly disappear avoiding her wrath. His smile would light up a room and the world is a darker place for having lost him.
His boys Johnny Ray & Corey Shawn were the center of his world. He was so proud of them and how they were growing into such wonderful young men. He will be missed beyond measure. He was lucky enough to find his soulmate Tara Williams in his teen years. Tara and he were a beautiful couple, full of humor & love, who lived life to the fullest. They passed away together March 10th, 2018 in Clovis, NM.
They leave behind their two sons, Johnny Ray Gavin McKenna (12) & Corey Shawn McKenna Jr. (10); as well as Corey’s Mother Betsy Jones; Father and Stepmother, Raymond & Linda McKenna; Grandmothers, Helen Drake & Philamean McKenna; his Sister, Shannon Grosch & Niece, Emelia Grosch; as well as many uncle, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tara Williams McKenna; his son, Parker Jordan McKenna; Sister, Megan Heather McKenna; Grandfathers, Harold Drake & Edward McKenna; and Aunt Christine Daves. They will both be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life Service for Corey and Tara will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:00pm at Steed Todd Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions can be made to https://www.gofundme.com/mckenna-family-support-fund
Corey "Corndogg" was a stand up dude, a good friend, and from all I heard a great dad. Known him since our days at Marshall Jr. High. And will miss not making more memories. We had fun back then and its heartbreakng to see him and Tara are gone. They will be missed!!
Deepest condolences and sympathies to the Boys.
Richardo GuzmanRichardson, TX
I have known Corey or we called him corndog, since he had attended Highland Baptist church many moons ago. He was a great guy and enjoyed his company. We played softball for the church at that time, and we all had a good time. Very sad to hear that the two of them are gone but they are in a better place now. Will Pray for them and those two boys.
Mike Blankenshipclovis, NM
Corey and Tara are two beautiful people whose memory will live on through their children. Life can be so unfair at times, and this for me is one of those times. I'll never understand why this happened, but our family will keep Corndog, Tara and the boys in our prayers. God bless whomever will now care for the boys. My email address is included, so please let us know if it's ok to send items to the boys. Filled with sadness, Rachel Page and family.
Rachel PageClovis, NM
I worked with Corey at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was always smiling and I enjoyed working with him immensely. Made me laugh and told me lots of family stories. He loved his family dearly. God Bless you all!