Keith Everett Babcock(1930 - 2013)

Babcock, Keith Everett SAN MARCOS -- Keith Babcock went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2013 after a long illness and complications from polycythemia vera and Parkinson. He was born December 6, 1930 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Keith served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. He married Patricia Hink in 1951 and celebrated 62 years of marriage. He retired from the Escondido Post Office in 1986 after 31 years. Keith was a great family man, husband, father, grandfather and true friend. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two daughters, Pam (Rocky) Sowders, and Julie (Terry) Patterson; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his dad, Marion; mom, Lucille; brother, Jack; and grandson, Israel. His passions were gardening, fishing, golf, bowling, cards, going to casinos, and family gatherings. He never met a stranger, always had a smile and a hello. He looked out for everyone, even the homeless. Thanks to the Gift of Hospice for taking such good care of Keith.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 17, 2013