Thomas Gardner Keegan
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September 21, 1937
April 18, 2013
Thomas Gardner Keegan, 75, passed away at his home in Portland, Oregon on April 18, 2013. Tom was born in Wells, Nevada, the son of William Randolph Keegan and Theodora Olmstead Keegan. He spent his childhood in Wells, Wendover, and Ely (where he graduated from White Pine High School), before moving to Reno to attend the University of Nevada. Before completing a B.A. in accounting, he served two years in the U.S. Army, including a 13-month tour in Korea, ending his active duty in early 1960. Shortly after college, Tom earned certification from the Nevada State Board of Accountancy as a CPA and worked his adult life at a variety of positions for accounting firms, small businesses, and local government as well as in private practice. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Barbara, with whom he celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year.
Tom was known for his love of sports, especially basketball and baseball, the latter of which he played into college. After his playing days, he was an avid fan of teams both professional and amateur, and he amassed a prodigious collection of memorabilia.
Tom was passionately devoted to his family. As husband, father, and grandfather, he had a refreshingly light touch, giving his closest the room to explore their interests and establish their own identities, while earnestly supporting them the whole way. His family will also remember him for his generosity, small-town heart, passion for community, and strong engagement with public policy issues. Tom was an advocate for underdogs in all of their incarnations, whether a veteran down on his luck or merely a backup player on his favorite team wanting more playing time.
Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children Patrick, Kelli, and Mary; and his grandchildren Kate, Jack, and Rowan.
According to Tom's wishes, no funeral has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, his family encourages you to honor his memory through donations to Sisters of the Road (Portland), Loaves and Fishes, or Habitat for Humanity.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 12, 2013