Walter Keith Mulcahy (1936 - 2012)

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Walter Keith Mulcahy

May 31, 1936

November 14, 2012

Walter Keith Mulcahy of Fallon, NV caught the final train home to heaven on November 14, 2012. Keith, as he was known, was born May 31, 1936 to Avis Ray Swart and Walter Webster Mulcahy as an only child. He was a 3rd generation Nevadan, who's family lineage, having immigrated from Ireland & Scotland, includes founding & being the first settlers of both Genoa & Dayton. Keith graduated from Reno High School in 1954 and was a star player on the swim team & basketball team. On New Years Eve 1955, Keith met Abigail Meyer, from Sparks, Nevada. They were married on June 1 that same year. They moved to Sparks and had 3 daughters, Yvonne, Darlene and Pamela. Keith served in the US Naval Reserve for 8 years, & worked at Sears Roebuck company for 18 years.

Growing up in Reno, Keith inherited a love for photography, trains & Nevada history from his father. He spent many days walking the hills & deserts of Nevada seeking long forgotten railroad beds, emigrant trails and telegraph lines, chronicling these adventures through countless photographs along the way. Keith was involved in many clubs & agencies while living in the Reno/Sparks area. He was a Life Member of the Nevada Historical Society, Former Commander & V.P. of Nevada Search and Rescue, proud member of the N.R.A., the Western Trails Research Association, Pony Express Club and the Nevada Emigrant Trail Marking Committee, Inc. He played an instrumental role in marking & memorializing the Pony Express Trail and many of the Emigrant Trails across Nevada.

In 1972 Keith & Abby moved their family to Fallon and he began working at Palludans Hardware store soon after. With many years of experience in the hardware business, Keith eventually became a purchasing agent at the Truckee Carson Irrigation District where he worked 15 years until his retirement.

Keith had a full life in Fallon, again pouring himself into his historical interests. He was the founder of the Nev/Cal Historical Society, the Churchill County Museum Board Chairman and founded the Fallon Chapter of the Color Photo Club. He also attended church with his family at the Epworth United Methodist Church and was involved in many leadership roles throughout the local church as well as the distict conference level.

Keith is survived by his wife, their 3 daughters, as well 8 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren (6 generations of Nevadans currently), three cousins and too many friends to count. His legacy and rich family heritage continue on.

A memorial will be held at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 280 E. Stillwater Ave. Fallon, NV 89406 , on November 21 at 3p.m. Reception to follow. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the church.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Nov. 20, 2012
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