William Matthew Keck III
1968 - 2017
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September 4, 1968 - September 3, 2017 Bill Keck passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2017. He was a wonderful son, a loving brother, an adoring uncle and a good friend. Bill loved sports and excelled at volleyball, paddle tennis and golf. He had a loving and kind spirit, a wonderful sense of humor and a true zest for life. Bill graduated from The University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics and received a Masters Degree in Real Estate from The University of Southern California. He was a successful commercial real estate broker. He was on the Executive Committee at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. He served on the Executive Board of the W. M. Keck Foundation and he was a Director of the W.M. Keck Jr. Foundation. Bill was the cornerstone for activities in the lives of all who knew him. His gentle spirit and big smile will be remembered by all. Memorial Service will be held honoring Bill at Matthews Parish Church in Pacific Palisades on September 19 at 4 p.m.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 8 to Sep. 10, 2017.
Memorial service
04:00 PM
Matthews Parish Church
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September 3, 2020
I had sooo many great times with Bill. We had a lot in common and I still to this day can't believe that he is no longer with us. Sad to lose such a great friend at such an early age. Just remember everyone, everyday is a gift and we all must make the best of it. Rest in peace Bill.
Kent Stahle
September 5, 2019
I was so saddened by the news of Billy's passing. I worked in his mother's home about 30 years ago, when he was attending UCSB, and I remember him coming home on weekends and greeting me with a big smile. My deepest condolences to Ms. Kitty, Stevie and Teddy (as I used to call them). I hope they find peace and solace after such great loss.
Zonnia Pazmino-Brown
September 2, 2019
I think of ole Bill every single day and it's still heard to believe he's not with us anymore. Will never forget
all the paddle tennis games, basketball games and golf outings we would always enjoy together. He had
a very positive outlook in life and there was not a negative bone in his body. Only good memories will prevail
forever. RIP brotha Bill
Kent Stahle
March 23, 2018
Although I just heard the news of Bills passing several months ago, I feel I must say a tribute to my dear friend. We first met working for D. Garvey in telecomm when I was reassigned to the Burbank office from San Diego. We became fast friends. We also worked together in Calgary Alberta. He made being away from home fun. We had many adventures together from Del Mar to Banff, and I will always think of him fondly. He will be missed.
Terri Ashton
September 18, 2017
I met Bill through a mutual friend many years ago and had seen him intermittently over the years. When I heard of his passing, I was tremendously saddened but immediately remembered the warmth and smile that I always received from Bill. I was blown away when I hadn't seen him for years and he immediately identified me, called me by my name and looked me right in the eye with a handshake. He made me feel important and I think he made a lot of people feel that way. You will be missed, my friend.
September 18, 2017
I was very lucky to meet Bill at the KECK USC Medical Center's reception for his mother's photography exhibit.
I was able to spend a good deal of time showing him the exhibit and having great conversation with him!
We were to have dinner soon as we had many topics in common...I was lucky to have had the opportunity to have met such a warm hearted nice man.
My heart and prayers to the KECK FAMILY!
Thomas O'Connell
September 16, 2017
So sorry to hear such dreadful news.... Bill was A Wonderful Person ; Truly A Kind and Gentle Spirit...He Will Be Greatly Missed....Such a shame....My Deepest Sympathy to Family and Friends.
Clayton Williams
September 16, 2017
I am so saddened to hear of Billy's sudden passing.

Billy was a wonderful classmate at St. Matthew's and friend during the weekends and summers at BABC.

One lasting memory for me was a time that Billy bravely swam out into some very rough waves when I was caught boogie boarding in an undertow and constantly getting pulled under.

He was just that type of guy: dependable and trustworthy.

Even though I have not seen Billy in many years, he will be sorely missed.

Todd Robbins
Centennial, CO
September 13, 2017
Dear Keck family,

I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Billy personally but wished to convey my deep condolences for your loss. No stranger to loss, words often don't help but my thoughts are with your family and friends.

John Wigneswaran
John Wigneswaran
September 11, 2017
Sorrow and sadness filled my heart when I heard of Bills death. His good spirit and bright smile enlightened many souls. Whenever we crossed paths at Harvard School, he only had good things to say to me.

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with Bills family. May God bless Bill and give him everlasting life. This short, earthly life is just a prelude of much greater things to come.

The following are some of my favorite bible quotations becausethey illustrate how faith in Jesus Christ and repentance lead toan everlasting life of righteousness in God's New Heavens and New Earth:

1 Corinthians 15

51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory.h

1 Thessalonians 4

13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.15According to the Lords word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.18Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Jeff Halpape
September 11, 2017
May this flame burn forever as the memories will go on forever.
Kent Stahle
September 10, 2017
this is such sad news to read, Billy was a really funny and a nice friend to many, i have some really fun memories and things that make me laugh when i think of him...i know his friends and family will miss him...way too soon....susanna adler
suanna adler
September 10, 2017
Sending love & prayers to the Keck family. Billy was full of life and a beautiful soul. I am sure he left a footprint on many hearts in this life, as he did mine. Many great memories from our younger days in Southern California.
Godspeed young man!
Suzanne Kempf
September 8, 2017
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:1, 2) sustain your family during this challenging time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
September 8, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I remember him as one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic students in his MRED class at USC that I had the pleasure of teaching. Whenever I saw him in later years after I moved to Boston, he was so delightful and his work both professionally and with the Foundation was going so well. He will be very sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Richard Peiser
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