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Keith Edwards Wissmar


1958 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Keith Edwards Wissmar Obituary
October 25, 1958 - July 30, 2017 Our beloved partner, father, son, friend, mentor, and all-around rock star Keith Wissmar died on July 30th, 2017 after a fearless 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Son of Stan Wissmar and Joan Stone, Keith was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, and graduated from Interlake High School at Bellevue, Washington, in 1976 before following his dream and hitting the road with his rock & roll family. He started out as a painter and enjoyed many years of not only making a living painting, but painting friends' houses until as recently as last year. The rock & roll life ignited his creative spirit, and he quickly became a coveted and respected Lighting Director. His unique talent and dynamic vision helped set the stage for a long list of eminent musicians including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Neil Young, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Jack Johnson, and Gary Clark Jr. An artist to the core, he discovered and focused on the beauty and potential in everything and everyone. The brightest lights for Keith could be found in his family. Keith was a devoted and adoring father to Lulu; and a cherished partner to Sherry and her children, Jacob and Sydney. He loved vintage cars and Hot Wheels, Halloween and McDonald's, live music and fine tequila. He will be remembered for his kindness, warmth, and wicked sense of humor. He shined light on everyone around him, and had a contagious zeal and passion to live to the fullest. Keith was at home surrounded by loved ones at the time of death. Keith is survived by daughter Lulu, partner Sherry, children Jacob and Sydney; parents Stan (Gail Wissmar) and Joan (Don Stone), sister Diane (Scott Baeckel), half-brothers Andy and Rick, nephews Kevin and Wyatt, niece Pasha, and former wife Tina. "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars." ~ Pearl Jam
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2017
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