Keith Hyrum Skousen
1926 ~ 2014
Keith Hyrum Skousen (87) died Sunday, the twenty-sixth of January at his home in Lehi, Utah. He was born on June 30, 1926 in San Bernardino, California. He attended San Bernardino High School, where he graduated at age 17. Keith enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attended officer training school, then studied at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. Following his graduation, Keith went on active duty and served in Guam.
Due to the incidents of his military service, Keith had poor health throughout his life, but nonetheless was intellectually active and lived a remarkable life. An active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keith served as a missionary in the New England States Mission under President S. Dilworth Young, who became a close friend to Keith. In January of 1953, he married Veda Joan Baker in the LDS Temple in Saint George, Utah, who was his faithful companion for 61 years. Together, they raised 6 children in Rialto, California.
Keith loved people and was an inspirational and entertaining speaker and teacher, motivating many to develop spiritually and overcome life's obstacles. Behind the scenes, Keith was a good friend and wise counselor to many. Keith served his church in a variety of capacities, including bishopric counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, Sunday school superintendant and a seventy (stake missionary). He kept a personal library and was an avid reader all of his life.
At age 60, Keith retired from a 35-year career with the California Department of Transportation, where he worked in the right-of-way department as an engineering technician. Eventually, Keith and his wife relocated to Lehi, Utah, where he resided the last 8 years.
Keith is survived by his wife, Joan (79), and six children: Donna Sadler (Gene), John Skousen (Rebecca), Bruce Skousen (Kim), Russell Skousen (Debbie), Alycia Skousen (William Woolf), and Kathy Garcia (Michael). Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and his dear friend, Aaron Orullian. Predeceasing Keith are his parents, Royal Pratt and Margarita Bentley Skousen; eight siblings, Ezra L. Skousen, W. Cleon Skousen, Ervin M. Skousen, Leroy B. Skousen, Rita Miller, Max B. Skousen, Mildred L. Jones, and Kenneth E. Skousen; and Joseph, infant son.
A service and celebration of Keith's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8th in the Cedar Hollow Stake Center, 2178 North 1200 East, in Lehi, at 11:00 am. A viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 7th ( 7-9 pm.) and on Saturday, Feb. 8th ( 9:30 - 10:30 am). Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evans-earlymortuary.com.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Feb. 6, 2014