Kenny K. Lee, the 41-year-old diver who died Sept. 12 after becoming trapped in Giggle Crack, will be remembered at a service in Cypress on Saturday.
Lee was a structural engineer and principal in LPA, an Irvine architecture firm.
"He was a gifted structural engineer and he brought his considerable talents to our firm when his engineering firm, Lee George Structural Engineers, merged with LPA in 2007," LPA President Dan Heinfeld said in a statement. "Everyone in our company was touched by Kenny's humor, infectious smile, intellect and professionalism. He was all the things that a leader should be, open, caring and freely giving to help his team be successful. He had a passion for structural engineering that was unique and made all of us better. He will be greatly missed by his friends here at LPA."
Lee had more than 20 years of experience in analysis, design and construction of a wide variety of projects and was a specialist in applying new technologies in seismic design, according to the statement. In 1998, he was appointed by the Structural Engineers Assn. of California and the National Science Foundation to represent U.S. engineers in the U.S.-Japan Joint Workshop in Tokyo. His research was later adopted and incorporated in FEMA 350 as design guidelines.