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Keith Lawrence McGuire

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June 14, 1963 - July 2, 2015 Keith Lawrence McGuire, 52, of Thousand Oaks, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Keith was born on June 14, 1963 in Hawthorne, CA and has been a Ventura county resident for the past 51 years. Keith started his career as a broadcast engineer at Broadcast Equipment Rental Company in the mid 1980's. At BERC he was trained to set up cameras and Video Tape Recorders. It was there that he earned a reputation for being open and accessible team member. Next he went on to work at Plus8 where he was the Director of Engineering and then the VP of Engineering. He led a staff of 8 engineers, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers at a wide variety of companies. Although Keith solved complex problems every day, he never felt the need to get credit for it. He humbly did the work and his respect and authority grew from the results. He commanded respect within and outside the company because he was willing to do whatever it took and stay as long as it took to do the job. Keith was a pioneer in digital television. When the company committed to supporting High Definition, Keith was ahead of the decision and not only learned the new technology, but he educated the manufacturers of this new gear. His on-set presence was requested by CBS for all of the locations shoots of Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and The Restless. When HD was being introduced to episodic television shows, Keith trained the cinematographers and engineers. Some of the shows he worked on were the earliest shot in HDTV: 100 Centre St., REBA!, Chicago Hope, Titus & Star Trek. When Plus8 began providing cameras for Motion Picture production, Keith learned the details of shooting movies. His greatest engineering challenge was in creating a complete package of digital technologies for Lucas film for Star Wars, Episode III. He also was pivotal in the production of Michael Mann's "Collateral" and "Miami Vice." In 2006 Plus8Digital was sold to Panavision and Keith made the move to the Woodland Hills headquarters. He remained there for 5 years solving problems and educating crews in his quiet and capable style. The Office and How I met Your Mother were among the many projects he worked on there. Most recently Keith worked for VER in Glendale where he worked on many concert and NFL events. When not working he loved gardening and remodeling his home, as well as traveling and visiting the Amish country. Keith is survived by his mother, Mary Jo McGuire and his sister Lynn R. McGuire. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the chapel at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 101 E. Wilbur Rd. Thousand Oaks. (805) 230-2800, with Chaplain Jay Hendershot. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County habitatventura.org or 121 S. Rice Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 10 to July 12, 2015
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