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Beloved Chief Clerk employee and his dog died in crash

Todd Kenady worked as a production and distribution manager at the Oregon Chief Clerk's Office in Salem.

OREGON CHIEF CLERK'S OFFICE - Todd Kenady of the Oregon Chief Clerk's OfficeTodd Kenady, an employee in the Oregon Chief Clerk's Office, and his beloved dog, Boss, died Aug. 5, in a head-on collision in Lane County.

Kenady, 43, of Turner, worked as a production and distribution manager in the small office at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

"He was a delight to work with," said Chief Clerk Tim Sekerak. "He was an incredibly clever and very hard worker with respect to diligence and being there early or late at night. He was always a contributor to our team and was a very valuable and respected member of our team."

Sekerak learned of Kenady's death Saturday. Kenady died while pursuing one of his greatest passions, sheep dog herding, Sekerak said.

He was on his way to a sheep dog hearing event with his dog, Boss, who was well known in the Chief Clerk's Office.

"He loved his dog, Boss," Sekerak said.

Earlier in his tenure at the Chief Clerk's Office, there was not yet a policy of no animals in the office, so Kenady sometimes took his dog to the office.

"Boss was a companion and was adored," Kenady said. "It really is a sad time for our office."

Last year, Kenady took Boss to national sheep dog competition in Colorado.

A memorial service for Kenady is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Salem.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a college savings account to Kenady and his wife, Patricia's, son, Daniel. Call the Chief's Clerk's Office at 503-986-1870 for more details.

Kenady died around 6:35 a.m. when a truck crossed the center line on Marcola Road and hit Kenady's minivan head-on.

Kenady was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, KOIN reported. Oregon State Police are investigating the crash.