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Keith Friend

Payson - Keith Friend, 74, of Payson, passed away on August 7, 2018. Keith was born in Massilon, Ohio on March 10, 1944 to parents Martha (Fran) and Orie, the youngest of three boys. He and wife, Becky were best friends and happily married for 39 years. They relocated the family to Mesa, Arizona in 1996 and he was able to fulfill his dream of retiring in Payson in 2008. Keith touched the lives of everyone he met and his great love for God, family, and music was evident to all. He volunteered in a number of church and community organizations over the years, including volunteering for Hospice Compassus in his later years. He is survived by his wife, Becky of Payson, AZ, older brother Mel (Charlene) Friend of Avinger, TX, son Geoff of Aurora, CO, daughter Lesley (Jarrod) Zaremba of Mesa, son Kyle (Amanda) Friend of Mesa, AZ and grandchildren Sophia and Victor. A celebration of life will take place at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mesa at 2pm on Saturday, August 11. Donations can be made in Keith's name to Rim Country Hospice Foundation and East Valley Children's Theatre.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 11, 2018
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