From the hillside cemetery, you can look down, through the rows of red cedar and palms, upon much of San Bernardino and Colton.
One recent day, Keith Hubbs stood near his brother's grave, and pointed out that it was a rare, crystal-clear afternoon. Looking north, the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains framed the spectacular setting.
"It was like this the day we buried Kenny," he said.
"Except the wind blew so hard at his funeral. Everyone who was there remembers the wind was nearly blowing these trees over."
He looked at the headstone.
\o7 "Our Ken"
Kenneth D. Hubbs
Dec. 23 1941--Feb. 13, 1964
\f7 Keith Hubbs looked north again, to the mountains. "Several days after we learned he'd died, the doctor came to my folks' house, to give them sedatives so they could sleep," he said.
"I didn't want to sleep. I was having terrible nightmares about Kenny. Every night, it was a variation of the same dream--I'd dream I was in that plane with him, that we were going down together.
"Then one night I dreamed he was standing right in front of me. Clear as anything. And he said to me:
" 'Don't be concerned about this. It was quick, not at all painful. And I'm very happy where I am.'
"That was almost 30 years ago. And I've never dreamed about him since."
At first, when rumors swept through Colton that Ken Hubbs was missing on a small-plane flight from Provo, Utah, those who knew the Chicago Cubs' second baseman dismissed them. Then, the truth. For some, the wound never healed.
"When I heard his plane was missing, I didn't give it a thought," recalled Norm Housley, Hubbs' former Colton High teammate.
"I figured he'd made an emergency landing somewhere. I figured I'd get a call, that they'd found him OK. The fact that he could have died, that never occurred to me. It couldn't happen to Ken Hubbs.
"That's why it hurt so much, when we all learned he really had been killed."
Hubbs' father, Eulis, talked to local reporters in his home a few days after the crash. "Every time the front door opens, I expect to see Ken walking through, wondering what's going on," he said then. "Part of me just doesn't believe it. For a long time, I'm going to be looking for his name in the Cubs' box scores."
A Cub teammate, Ron Santo, in an interview that was filmed in 1964, expressed an inability to comprehend Hubbs' death.
"Ken and I were both religious," he said. "We were always joking--trying to convert each other.
"I'm a Catholic, he was a Mormon. But after he died, I had to see a priest. I couldn't understand it. I mean, he loved life. He was a great human being. This was a kid who didn't even smoke or drink.
Housley, Hubbs' football, basketball and baseball teammate at Colton High from 1957 to 1959, is 52 now. He works for the Colton School District.
Across almost three decades, the pain of his teammate's death still touches him.
Housley was shown old newspaper clippings--stories of the 1964 plane crash that killed Hubbs.
He glanced at them, then pushed them away.
"I still live in Colton, so I see his name every place I go," he said.
"It's not possible for those of us who're still around not to think of Kenny, every day. I mean, they named ballparks after him. The high school gym has his name on it . . . the Ken Hubbs Little League."
Few Southern California high school athletes have had careers comparable to Hubbs' at Colton High.
In the days before there was a San Diego Section in the CIF, the Southern Section extended from Santa Maria to the Mexican border, excluding the city of Los Angeles, he was an all-section first-team selection for two years in a row in basketball and baseball. And he was first team all-section in football his senior year.
It's an achievement matched only by Glenn Davis, Bonita High, class of 1943, Bill McColl, San Diego Hoover, 1948, and Marty Keough, Pomona, 1952.
Hubbs, who was 6 feet 2 1/2 and 170 pounds as a senior at Colton High, was a quarterback in the fall who was recruited by Notre Dame, and a guard in winter, recruited by virtually every major school in the West.
He played half a dozen positions on the baseball team. He was a pitcher, too--either right- or left-handed. Five years before the baseball draft began, Hubbs was the focus of a bidding war.
He competed in only a few track meets, but still set a school record in the high jump at 6-2 1/2. Once, he cleared six feet in his baseball uniform.
"He was a phenomenal athlete in all the sports, but I thought of him then as primarily a basketball player," Housley said.
"Today, you'd call him a point guard. He brought the ball up the court. He had these huge hands. He could take two steps and stuff the ball with both hands. And he was a great long-range shooter.
"I guess my most vivid memory of him was our third-place game in the 1958 CIF playoffs, his junior year.
"We beat Santa Maria that night in overtime and they had John Rudometkin (later a USC All-American). Kenny made a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer that was all net. Then he tied the game at the buzzer and carried us on his back in overtime."
Hubbs scored 23 points in that game, five in the last 23 seconds, including a 20-foot jump shot at the regulation buzzer. Rudometkin, who scored 39 points, fouled out in the overtime.
Colton won, 63-59.
Keith Hubbs, 55, on Ken Hubbs, who would now be 51:
"One thing that separated Kenny from other athletes were his hands and arms.
"Kenny was an inch taller than me. But when we stood nose to nose and extended our arms, he was a hand longer on both sides. And his hands were one knuckle longer than mine.
"And he was a great leaper. In basketball, he could put his forearm on the rim. He could rebound with 6-10 guys. Basketball was his best sport, and I'm convinced he would've been a Jerry West-type NBA guard, had he played college basketball.
"In that sense, I've always been a little disappointed he signed that baseball contract.
"When he signed with the Cubs right after high school, it surprised everyone. It was a decision he made with our dad. I was at Brigham Young at the time.
"He was a straight-A student, and student-body president. Everyone just assumed he'd go to college. He was recruited by every Pac-10 school, plus places like Notre Dame.
"Well, the Cubs offered him $50,000 to sign. This was 1959, remember. Dad and Kenny talked for hours. Finally, Dad told him: 'If you're going to be a pro athlete, you probably ought to get into it right now because careers are short.'
"So he signed. He went to BYU in the off-seasons. He played intramural basketball at BYU, and drew some very big crowds.
"I'm the oldest of five sons. So I was lucky. I came just before Kenny at Colton High, but his younger brother Gary (now 44) and twin brothers Kirk and Kraig (39) came after him and their sports careers were always being compared to Kenny's.
"It was unfair, because no one could be compared to Kenny.
"When Kenny was 6 months old, he had a hernia that the doctor didn't want to fix until he was a teen-ager. All those years, he wore a truss. The doctor told our folks: 'He'll never be an active child. He'll never be able to do the things other kids do.' "
Keith Hubbs laughed. It's a favorite family story.
"Fact is, no other kids could do the things Kenny could," he said.
"Not many days go by when I don't think of him. The family remembers him, every Feb. 13 (the date of the plane crash). We're a strong family. We all believe we'll see him again."
Ken Hubbs' father, Eulis, was an insurance salesman in Colton for 42 years before he died in 1985. His widow, Dorothy, still lives in Colton.
Her family traces its roots back to the early Mormon years in Utah.
In 1925, Ken Hubbs' paternal grandfather, Harvey Hubbs, moved from Missouri to Colton to get into the construction business. He later became chief of police.
Dorothy Preece and Eulis Hubbs met at Colton High. After they were married in 1936, Eulis joined the Mormon church.
At 25, he was a Southern Pacific Railroad switchman. One day, he came home feeling ill. After a nap on a living-room couch, he arose and discovered that his legs were numb.
He had polio.
After a year in White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights, he spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
That was the first tragedy in the Hubbs family. Unable to work for the railroad, Eulis Hubbs baked pies at home and Dorothy Hubbs sold them at a restaurant where she worked as a waitress.
Later, Eulis started a successful insurance business. He also remained active in his five sons' sports careers and Colton school affairs. He was president of the Colton school board. When Ken Hubbs was achieving prominence in sports, the family home was a white house, partially shaded by cottonwood trees, at 1050 West H St., three blocks from Colton High.
Today, Keith Hubbs is a real estate investor, living in San Bernardino. Gary and Kirk live in Forest Grove, Ore., where they design computer systems for the federal government. Kraig works for an airline in Salt Lake City.