Kenneth Bruce MacKenzie, Jr., 66, of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away on December 25, 2020 at his family residence. Ken was born on July 9, 1954 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of Kenneth B. MacKenzie, Sr., and Barbara (Woodbury) Roskovich. Ken married Jennifer Gayle on October 13, 2007 and gained 3 daughters: Mattie Liskow, Hallie Liskow, and Annie Liskow.\nKen served his country proudly in the United States Army from 1972-1975. He was assigned to West Berlin's National Security Agency (NSA) Field Station. After his honorable service in the military, he continued to serve as a police officer in the Richardson Police Department in Texas from 1977-2008. His career with the RPD began in the Patrol Division and he later moved to the Detective Division, where Ken built his expertise around auto theft investigation. As president of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI), he taught auto theft investigation classes worldwide. As a detective, Ken also worked in Homicide and was honored to be part of the murder investigation unit; his most high-profile case led him to appearances on America's Most Wanted and in several true crime TV shows, movies, and books about the case. After retirement from the Richardson Police Department, Ken joined the University of Texas at Dallas Police Department (UTDPD) as a Criminal Investigations Lieutenant. He also worked in Internal Affairs and was a background investigator. Ken retired in 2019 after ten years of service with the UTDPD.\nKen and Jennifer retired to Beaufort, South Carolina, and looked forward to exploring the low country as well as traveling more of the world together. Unfortunately, Ken was diagnosed with Melanoma only 3 weeks after retirement. He fought the cancer bravely and was always optimistic. Ken lost his battle on Christmas Day surrounded by his family. Ken played Santa for over thirty years for all the children of the Richardson and UTD police departments. He absolutely loved doing this, which is why it is so fitting that he left us on Christmas Day!\nKen is survived by his wife and daughters; his sisters, Jodie Lowman, Susan Jones, and Debi Santoro; his brother, Charles Roskovich, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.\nA memorial service will be held in Richardson, Texas at a later date. If you wish to honor Ken, donations can be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice( fochospice.org) or the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (rcpaaa.org).