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DR. WALLACE KEITH WILSON, 85, died Monday, November 9, 2015 at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, CA following a fall from a ladder at his home in the Colony. Keith, as he was known to his family and friends, was provided excellent and compassionate care from the staff at the medical center and was surrounded by his family for three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital before passing away peacefully in the early morning. He leaves his caring wife of 60 years, Joan (Watson) Wilson; two loving sons: Gordon Keith Wilson and Gregory Lee Wilson (and his wife Jill Marie Wilson); four wonderful grandsons: Cody Dwight Wilson, Jacob Lee Wilson, Ryan Keith Wilson (and his wife Laurann Heath), and Alexander Jordan Wilson; as well as many close friends. Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Charles Wallace Wilson and Ethel Clara Brown, Keith (and Joan) moved to Chula Vista, CA in 1961 to open an optometric practice. After over 30 years in the field of Optometry, Keith (and Joan) moved in 1999 to the Colony in Murrieta, CA, to enjoy many happy years of golfing, tennis, bridge, and special friendships. In his early years, Keith attended school in Victoria and enjoyed boating and salmon fishing. He spoke fondly of helping his grandfather in the fishing business. Keith also converted an old row boat into a sail boat at his family home on Prospect Lake and quickly taught himself the finer points of sailing. He passed his love for boating to his sons and grandsons with whom he enjoyed memorable trips to the San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, and Princess Louisa Inlet. After graduating from Victoria High School in 1950, he attended the University of Victoria and Pacific University, graduating in 1954 with a Doctorate in Optometry. He met his loving wife, Joan Watson, at a mailbox in Victoria and they were married in 1955 at the Oak Bay United Church. Prior to the wedding, Keith had also served in the Royal Canadian Navy. After starting his optometric career in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Keith (and Joan) decided to move to a warmer climate to raise their two young sons. Keith joined his close friend, Bill Nelson, in 1961 and opened Nelson and Wilson Optometry on Third Avenue in Chula Vista. Dr. Wilson excelled as an Optometrist and often provided lectures at area colleges and universities. In addition, he served many years as a Trustee Emeritus for the Southern California College of Optometry, and was elected as President of the California Optometric Association in 1977. Keith also had a passion for riding horses. He loved riding "Red Dawn" at Warner Springs Ranch and frequently helped the staff with wrangling, leading trail rides, and competing in friendly equestrian competitions at the Ranch. For nearly 20 years, he spent many weekends on the trails at the Ranch and enjoyed nearly every minute. Keith loved his family and close friends, and they deeply loved him. His life centered around his wife, sons, and grandsons. Keith and Joan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October, 2015 after spending a week golfing and relaxing with his sons. During other vacations, his grandsons would sometimes surprise "papa" by unexpectedly arriving at his front door or nearby locations without any advance notice. Papa loved to smile, laugh, and spend time with his family. Most certainly, he cared for his family deeply. To this day, his deep commitment to his family is still unfolding before our eyes. That kind of quiet, consistent, and powerful love is how this special husband, father, grandfather, and friend will always be remembered by those people closest to him. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on December 13, 2015 (Noon) at the Colony Auditorium.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 6, 2015
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