BRIAN McKEEVER

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  • "I knew Brian as a friend and co-worker when we were..."
    - Gardner Carlson
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    - Teresa Valdez
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    - Paul C
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    - Bruce Bell
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Brian McKeever passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the age of 62, from pancreatic cancer. He was a resident of San Francisco for 40 years, and it was his true home. Brian was born and raised in Fresno, CA. His parents raised five boys, Brian the eldest, and they taught them to be independent and responsible individuals. Brian played in Yosemite National Park his whole life. It was his special place. He was a hiker, backpacker, and a rock climber. He assisted in volunteer search and rescue in the park, and one summer he even worked at the gas station at Chinquapin, so he could spend a whole summer in the park. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1976 to 1982, mostly assigned to Fort Point Station in the San Francisco Presidio. Duties on the bay and at sea off the northern California coast included medical emergencies, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, and he was a certified heavy weather surf coxswain. While in the Coast Guard, he also independently became an Emergency Medical Technician. After he left the Coast Guard, he went back to school, became a Paramedic, and worked in San Francisco and the bay area for 12 years. His favorite medic story was getting to be the stage paramedic for the Rolling Stones," Tattoo You Tour" concert at Candlestick Park in 1981. He was a very skilled paramedic and was trained to transport premature infants by ambulance or helicopter. He also taught CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support to other paramedics and the community. In 1989, Brian finished training for his last career and received his Airframe and Powerplant License. United Airlines hired him to be a mechanic at San Francisco International Airport where he worked for 27 years until retirement. While he was at United, he served a term as Vice-President of AMFA-Local 9, the airline mechanics union, where he represented mechanics on the west coast working for United, Alaska, Northwest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. He traveled the world with the love of his life, Jan, for more than 39 years, taking their nieces and nephews on overseas trips as high school graduation gifts to Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. He loved wine, women, song, sailing, and complaining. It was a good life. If there is anything he can offer from his experiences they are don't put off doing things you love, take chances, love the people around you, and look around, there are more good people in the world then bad. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond; and nephew Jeffrey. Brian is survived by his wife, Jan Monaghan; his mother Marilyn; and his four brothers, James, Patrick and wife Sherry, Michael and wife Karen, and Daniel and wife Dana. He is also survived by nieces, Karen, Andrea, and Madeline; and nephews, Shaun, Sean, Jeff, Jacob, Lucas, and Aidan. Brian's family wants to thank Ricardo, Brian's nurse, from Sutter Health Hospice for his wonderful care and counsel. Also, the Zen Hospice Guest House and The Tamalpais for their excellent care. We felt the loving care and commitment from this community every day. There will be a Celebration of Brian's Life in the Fall. Donations in Brian's name may be sent to Sutter Care at Home Hospice Services, www.suttercareathome.org; or Zen Hospice Project, donate.zenhospice.org, or by mail to 273 Page St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
Published in the Fresno Bee from June 10 to June 11, 2018