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Keith Borglum
Keith Carsten Borglum of Santa Rosa passed away on July 13, 2019, at age 67. He is survived by his siblings Donna Macklin, Craig Borglum, Kurt Borglum, Ken Borglum, and Chris Borglum, as well as many loving nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, Carsten and Margaret Borglum.
Keith lived life on his own terms. After graduating from Ithaca College in 1973 with a degree in film and television production, he surprised his family and friends by going to San Diego, soon after which he took a job on a tuna boat that traveled back and forth between the West Coasts of South and North America and New Zealand. After a few Pacific crossings, he stayed in New Zealand, where he worked as a shepherd while also mining opals. From there, he traveled to Australia, where he took up opal mining. Later he traveled to India, where he traded some gems he had mined for rubies, and continued traveling through Asia, eventually traversing Pakistan and Nepal, ending up in Teheran, Iran, in 1978, soon before the Shah was deposed. Almost out of money, he traded a camera for a one-way plane ticket to the US, eventually ending up in Orlando, Florida, on Christmas Eve, giving his mother the best surprise of her life.
Keith eventually settled in California, living for the last 32 years in Santa Rosa. He was an avid gardener, and was active in the Redwood Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. He canned huge amounts of fruit and vegetable sauces and purees, which he shared generously with family and friends.
He was an accomplished photographer, with many of his photos published in magazines and other publications.
One of his greatest passions was fishing. Once in Alaska, he reeled in a 253-pound halibut. Keith was also a survivor of the Merry Jane disaster in 1986, in which nine people drowned after the fishing boat Merry Jane was knocked over three times by huge waves in Bodega Bay.
Keith packed an incredible amount of living into his 67 years. He is sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.

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Published in Press Democrat on Jul. 28, 2019.
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July 24, 2020
I met Keith when he was in American Samoa in the 1970's & never forgot him. He was a lively individual back then & we all really enjoyed his fun loving presence. Just came across a postcard he sent me in 1979 (he'd just settled in m?Mill Valley) & discovered this sad information. Glad to know he had a good life! Molly McKnight Hutchins
Molly Mcknight Hutchins
March 8, 2020
I meant Keith in San Diego Ca. When He was a Tuna Fisherman. We became friends and I still have a post card he sent me from New Zealand. I stayed in touch and I would visit him through out the years when I came up to Santa Rosa to see my family. He truly was an amazing man. I am sorry to hear he has passed on.
Condolences to his Family.
Kathy Bates-Lande
October 7, 2019
Farewell, Keith.
MaryLou Martin Mull
September 10, 2019
I've had the pleasure of knowing and being considered a friend of Keith's. I have always been flattered to have that title. Keith and I have played together, enjoyed various adult beverages and sous chefed each other many times. He shucked many an oyster at gatherings I assembled. Keith was a no-nonsense, open table rules sort and someone that never let me down. All that were close to him, and I was not alone there, knew of his, later in life, fragile health. I knew his time was limited and I cherished every BBQ and time reminiscing. It was just such shock that his time came so soon and I was not, and am not, prepared.

- Keith was a Friend of mine ..
a Friend of min is he ..
and even as he is gone ..
HE is still with me.

Ed Bergman
August 14, 2019
I met Keith about 15 years ago. He helped me find good restaurants and wine in Santa Rosa. He had a great sense of humor, was a wealth of knowledge in the health care field, always helpful to those who needed guidance and was a fierce voice for positive change in health care. I will miss him as will those who knew him. RIP
Steven Peltz
August 14, 2019
I too have worked with Keith Borglum for many years collaboring in Healthcare Consulting. His perspective on life was refreshing and he always added a splash of humor not to mention his big heart. The NSCHBC has lost a great icon, friend and colleague. God speed my Friend. Jackie Coult, CHBC
August 14, 2019
I have known Keith for many years as a practice management consultant. He was a fellow student in our certification course. He helped mentor me and I worked with him on the NSCHBC marketing committee. He was a great guy and I remember him well. He will be sorely missed!
David Zetter
August 13, 2019
I met Keith at Betsy's house and he invited me to look at his rare apple trees. I am so sorry that I did not get around to visiting with him since we both loved trees.Life is so short. This is a reminder to spend time with people when you can. Now I will never be able to hear what he had to offer.
Michael Murphy
August 6, 2019
Keith was that rare professional who embodied a combination of expertise and kindness. A wonderful listener and a valued collaborator.

Hilary Huebsch Cohen
Healthcare attorney
Torrance CA
July 31, 2019
Steve Napolitano
July 30, 2019
Keith was a good man and helpful to me and others in the medical industry. RIP my friend.
Doug Braik
July 30, 2019
Keith got me going in my first private practice in gastroenterology in 1988. He has been an invaluable friend since that time.
Does anyone know of plans for a celebration of his life?
Rick Auld
July 30, 2019
Reading about the exciting life experiences of Keith Borglum, I almost expected to read that he was an ancestor of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor and creator of Mount Rushmore.

Keith sure packed a lot into his relatively short life. It stands to reason, he will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.

Sincere condolences on the loss of Keith from a fellow Santa Rosa resident since 1955.
July 29, 2019
We had the pleasure of knowing Keith through the Rare Fruit Growers. He was always willing to open his home to guests. He had such a powerful presence and we are sad that we won't get the chance to share more stories and fruit with him.
John and Kristen Sansing
July 25, 2019
I worked with Keith many years ago when he launched a start-up that eventually took us to San Diego on a weekly basis. He was my first mentor at a young age and taught me how to be a strong business woman. I will miss his crazy eclectic ways and even more his storiesso many unbelievable and hilarious stories! My heart is heavyhe will be sorely missed. A man that indeed lived life his way. I miss you Keith, you were an amazing friend! May you rest in peace.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Linda Svenson
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