Keith Oscar Forsgren
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Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed peacefully from this life on April 17, 2013 of natural causes. Dad was born in Brigham City, Utah on March 9, 1918, the third of seven children of Arvil Theodore and Lillian Prudence Bywater Forsgren. The family moved to Salt Lake in 1923 where dad grew up and spent an active happy childhood with his three brothers. He served in the US Navy from April 1942 until October 1946. Keith married Fern Walker on November 24, 1948 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had six children, Keith, William, Kirk, Nancy, Maria and Jillian. Keith and Fern moved to their "country" home in Murray in 1950, where he resided until his death. Keith graduated from the University of Utah in 1951. He began a career with Armco Steel in 1939 which ended when he retired in 1984. Dad loved gardening and flowers and exhibited a special love for gladiolas. He was active in the Utah Gladiola Society serving as president for many years. Dad introduced golf to his brothers and they enjoyed playing together for 75 years. After retiring he traveled the world with his wife, family and friends. He was a life long active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, continuing a long tradition of service, holding many varied offices including the Bishopbric, High Council and various priesthood callinge and especially enjoyed home teaching. Keith was a member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. Keith is survived by sons Keith (Carol), William (Maylue), Kirk (Becky), daughters, Maria and Jillian, sister, Louise, brothers James and Bob, 12 grandchildren, 9 great grand children and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his wife Fern Walker, his parents Arvil T. and Lillian Prudence, daughter Nancy, his brother, Ferrin and sisters, Opal and Ida. Keith was many things to many people, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, teacher and friend, and will be missed by the many his life touched. He will be close to our hearts until we meet again.
Funeral services will be held at the Hillcrest Ward Chapel, 435 East 5600 South, at 12 pm on Monday, April 22. Friends and Family may join us at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St., from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday April 21 or one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Interment at Elysian Burial Gardens. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013