Keith T. Lockette The family and friends of Keith T. Lockette of Austin are sad to announce his passing on June 26, 2013. He was 47. Born in San Antonio and raised in Missouri, he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Missouri, then spent 10 years overseeing performance venues at Purdue University in Indiana before becoming a video engineer for major touring acts. His credits included Super Bowl halftime productions, presidential inaugurations and an Emmy Award-winning HBO concert broadcast. Traveling worldwide allowed him to indulge his love of dining out, collecting guitars and folk art, visiting museums and hunting for vintage LPs and 78s. Keith adored dogs and fostered many for Austin Pets Alive; he always carried treats with his New York Times on morning coffee visits to Jo's or Once Over, where he bonded with many canines and humans. Keith sometimes joked that he related better to dogs than people, but he was a faithful and loyal friend. A generous, gentle giant (he towered over 6 feet), Keith was always willing to help anyone in need, even strangers. But no one remained so for long; he loved welcoming Austin newcomers and sharing his favorite spots, including Vespaio and Guero's. He was the first Austinite many of his friends met upon arrival, and they continue to bond with one other through him. Keith is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret Lockette of Butler, Mo.; his brothers, Kevin, of Hawaii, and Ken, of Pittsburgh; his sisters-in-law, Ginger and Christina; five nieces and nephews; and friends everywhere who will miss his humor, intellect, passion and kindness. Donations in Keith's memory may be made to AustinPetsAlive.org.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 30, 2013