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Michael Mark Keating

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Michael Mark Keating Obituary
December 16, 1953 - August 7, 2016 Michael Keating, a history and civics teacher who, for more than thirty years, taught at Bell High School in Los Angeles, has died. He was sixty-two. Given six to fifteen months to live in the fall 2013, Mr. Keating finally succumbed to brain cancer in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, August 7th. He was surrounded by family and passed peacefully. Mr. Keating was born to Paul and Opal Keating on December 16th, 1953 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He attended Routt High School in Jacksonville before earning a Bachelor's Degree in history from the University of San Francisco. In 1979, Mr. Keating graduated from San Francisco State University's teacher credentialing program. In 1984, after defending his thesis on Jimmy Carter's foreign policy, Mr. Keating earned a Master's in History degree from California State University at Los Angeles. Mr. Keating spent his entire career in LA city schools, primarily at Bell High School in East LA. He also taught a history course for five years at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. Jan Keating, Mr. Keating's wife, was an educator as well. The two began dating as teenagers at the University of San Francisco. In 2013, they both retired from education and moved to Seattle, Washington. Mr. Keating's children, Sean, thirty-six, of Portland, Oregon, and Casey, thirty-two, of Seattle, Washington, also serve in the public sector. Sean is a public school educator and Casey a social worker. Besides teaching, Mr. Keating was, for fifty-two years, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He traveled extensively and volunteered many hours beautifying green spaces, such as community gardens, local trails, and residential properties. Mr. Keating was always devoted to service. He was known for his humility, his easy, salt-of-the-earth, midwestern manner, and his outspoken belief in social justice. Mr. Keating was especially sensitive to the plight of the working class and the historically marginalized. In 1996, Mr. Keating was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prize at Bell for his outstanding social justice work. Ten years later, the graduating class of Bell chose Mr. Keating for the Outstanding Educator Award. Mr. Keating is survived by his wife, Jan, of Seattle; son, Sean, and his wife, Kate, of Portland; daughter, Casey, and her husband, Barrett, of Seattle; and four grandchildren: Julia, three years; Meara, two years; June, seven months; and Paul, five months. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Keating at 11:00 am on Friday, October 7th at the Graham Visitors Center of the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2016
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