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Keith Leavitt


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Keith Leavitt

- - Keith Leavitt was born on January 10, 1936, to Jacob and Anna Leavitt in Mesquite, Nevada. Keith was the middle child in a family of 10 kids. The family moved to Las Vegas on Keith's 4th birthday where he would spend his child and early adult hood. At age 17, Keith joined the marines during the Korean War while stationed in Hawaii. One summer while on leave in Las Vegas he met Judy Kennelley. They married in 1958 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last February. Upon completion of his military service, Keith joined the Las Vegas Fire Department and he and Judy started their family with Patricia - born in 1963 and Keith Allen born in 1966.

In 1971, Keith and Judy moved their family to Salem, Oregon and Keith worked very hard taking college courses and various jobs before working at the Oregon State Penitentiary in 1977. In the Corrections Department, Keith had a distinguished career rising through the ranks (retired as a Captain) and earned the adoration and respect of his fellow corrections officers.

Keith was known as having a tough exterior with a heart of gold. He loved his kids - very proud of Keith and Trish always had her dad wrapped around her finger. Without a doubt his favorite hobby was golf which he played often with friends and family. He loved Leavitt family reunions and reuniting with his siblings and countless relatives. He thrived most as grandpa for Jake and Delaney and has been a mainstay at Tigard High School football and boys/girls basketball games.

Keith was preceded in death by his loving daughter Patricia (2015). He is survived by his wife Judy Leavitt, son Keith Allen Leavitt, daughter in law Pamela Pifher Leavitt and grandchildren Jake (18) and Delaney Leavitt (16).

A celebration of life will be held at Creekside Golf Club, 6250 Club House Drive, SE, Salem, Oregon on Friday, May 18 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to OHSU Diabetes Health Center.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 17, 2018
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