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Donald "Keith" CARVER


CARVER, Donald 'Keith'
Donald 'Keith' Carver died Feb. 7th at the age of 83. He had battled cancer for over six years and was fortunate to have gone through very little pain his family said. As a long time professor at Sacramento City College and California State University Sacramento, he was known for his great humor by the students, teaching aids and faculty alike.

He was born in 1931 at the St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco and lived in and around the peninsula until he graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1952. He later went on to enroll in the teaching and masters program at San Jose State University where he met June Kennedy, his wife of 60 years.

Keith was an avid tennis player and played into his eighties. At the age of 12 he methodically learned to hit a tennis ball at the San Mateo park backboards. He later was invited to the Peninsula Tennis Club after a good showing at a local tournament where he came very close to beating a nationally ranked player. He continued to play tournaments as a teen and later earned a full athletic scholarship to USF while attending junior college. For a short time he was the tennis pro at South Hills Racquet Club during the late 50's and early 60's.

He was called up for the Korean War in 1953 and after basic training at Ft. Ord was invited to apply into the Counter Intelligent Corps. He did four months of counter espionage training at Ft. Holabird and was then sent into service just outside of Frankfurt, West Germany. (A bunch of really good stuff had to be redacted here).

In 1955 June sailed over on the S.S. America to live in Germany where she provided additional cover for his spying. They traveled extensively in Europe before she got knocked up and shipped back to the states. Keith was subsequently sent home early where he served out the rest of his service at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

He finished getting his teaching degree at Sacramento State College and with it took a position at Hiram Johnson High School. While there he worked on his Master's thesis that allowed him to transfer to Sacramento City College in 1961. He signed up for a series of National Science Foundation programs to be trained in computers and to teach programming. A book publisher noticed the quality of the handouts he made up for his students and with no other books ever written about the subject was offered a book deal. With June transcribing and some that she co-authored, they had 14 manuscripts published over the next 30 years. His best work though was reserved for the children's books he wrote for each of his six grandchildren.

With his immediate family as well as a rather large extended family and friends he enjoyed the outdoors backpacking, skiing, kayaking and day hikes almost anywhere. He took great personal pride for building a cabin up in Tahoe with his wife, sons and extended family and friends and it remains a gathering place enjoyed by many.

He is survived by his wife June, two sons Jeff and Jack, daughters-in-law Linda and Laurie, six grandchildren, Kevin, Neal, Sara, Tyler, Chelsea, Ross and one great-grandson, Cashus. Lee, the middle son who had passed away earlier, left two step-daughters Jody and Samantha who will always be included as grand-children and as family.

Private services will be held Sunday March 2nd in Roseville, CA.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 25, 2014
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