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Keith Eli Twaddell

Keith Eli Twaddell was born in Vancouver, BC in 1952 to Ruby and Roy Twaddell. He died at home surrounded by his family on May 11, 2015. Keith grew up in various towns and cities in British Columbia, Washington, California and finished his schooling in the Bay Area. He was there during the heyday of the "age of Aquarius" and had many amazing and colorful stories about his San Francisco musician friends in the early 70's.

Keith was a "car guy"; In his lifetime he owned 60 plus cars. He bought his first car for $50 when he was 15, but had to give it back because his grandmother wouldn't let him keep it. But this was just the start of his car collecting. At various times he had multiple vehicles, including MGs, Jaguars, Mercedes, Fords, Triumph, Volvos, Chevys, many VW's (buses and beetles), many Porsches, many trucks, and motorcycles. He kept them all pristine.

Keith was a "jack of all trades" residential general contractor, carpenter, electrician, plumber, mechanic, furniture craftsman, horticulturist, and whatever you call a person that can thrive in any situation (he built a treehouse and lived in it for a year... because that's what he had available). He was incredibly mechanically minded and could create anything out of nothing; everything he touched was nothing short of masterful and artistic. More recently he embraced his Native American heritage and was an enrolled member of his tribe. He started making beautiful cedar paddles honoring his native ancestry.

Keith spent much of his spare time at our cabin on the lake. He loved the quiet woodsy atmosphere which reminded him of his earlier years living in the Redwoods of La Honda, California. He also loved vacationing in Maui over the last ten years and felt a close connection to the warm sea, turtles and humpback whales.

There will be a "celebration of life" open house gathering, at his home, to be held at a later date.

Although Keith had many accomplishments, he was most proud of being a husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughters Jennifer (Mike), Nicole (Travis), grandson Shade, brothers John and Roy, sister Charlie, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We miss you, Keith. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Operation Sack Lunch at www.oslserves.org or a . Please sign Keith's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 17, 2015
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