James Keith Yarbrough
1957 - 2015
Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home
601 North Alleghaney
Odessa, TX
ODESSA James Keith Yarbrough, 58, died peacefully on January 26, 2015 at his home in Odessa, Texas. He was born in Odessa on January 10, 1957 to Clyde Wallace Yarbrough and Lula Mae Stewart. He married Mary Louise Yarbrough on December 9, 1989 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Keith graduated from Texas A&M University ('79) with nuclear and electrical engineering degrees and began his career at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He returned to Odessa to work with his father at Clyde Enterprises. After his time with Clyde Enterprises, Keith was Chief Information Officer at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, a post he held for over 25 years.

Keith was a member of the Midland Shooters Association and an avid skeet shooter always on the hunt for his next perfect round.
He was also active with the West Texas Jazz Society where he served on the board for many years and helped produce their annual jazz party, a tradition that his father helped to begin in the 1960s. Keith will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend, and a consummate host. Nobody will forget his quick wit and kind spirit.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 at First Christian Church in Odessa, with Dr. Dawn Weaks officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Marnie Rose Foundation at http://runfortherose.racepartner.com/run-for-the-rose/Keithyarbrough (Team: Keith's Krew).

Keith is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Jamie and wife Katie of Houston; his stepson, Jeff Murray and wife Katie of Fort Worth and their son Charlie; his stepdaughter, Holly Murray of Houston; his sister, Dianne Kluck of Irving; and his brother, Dan Yarbrough and wife Janice of Odessa.
Published by Odessa American on Jan. 27, 2015.
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First Christian Church
Odessa, TX
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After growing up with Keith and babysitting him, we are deeply saddened by his death! We have such fond memories of him.
Patricia S. Rogers Charlesetta S. Prann
February 12, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We are praying for you all!
Charlie & Angie Cremer
February 7, 2015

You and Keith were a wonderful couple and Kelly and I have great memories of Halloween parties and get-to-gathers at your house. I always cherished the times of skeet shooting with Keith and his keen sense of humor. He was always easy to work with and made the job enjoyable. May the Lord grant you peace in this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Terry McMahan
February 2, 2015
To the Yarbrough family, Keith and I spent many evenings watching our boys play sports and Cub Scouts. It was a pleasure to know him as he was indeed very smart and quick witted. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mary and Jamie.
gary ganter
February 2, 2015
I just learned about Keith's passing. I am so sorry. I first met Keith, when he came to work at Clyde Enterprises. I got to know him, his sister, and brother while working with them all. He was really a great person to work with.
Verna Glynn
February 1, 2015
Every meeting, event, or party was better if Keith was part of it. I'm grateful for the memories. Mary, My heart goes out to you and your family.
Nan Goodwin
January 30, 2015
So saddened to hear. He was a neighbor & friend. My Father worked with his at Area Builders for over 28 yrs. Keith was indeed a funny, kind soul.
Sue Ann Reeder
January 30, 2015
Dear Mary and Family, It sadden me today to hear that Keith has passed away. I'll always remember his smile. Prayers to you all . Charlotte Williams
January 29, 2015
Dear Mary and family,
I am greatly saddened to learn of Keith's passing. Although I did not have a lot of iteraction on campus with him, I know how much my husband respected his work, loved his humor and attitude and appreciated his devotion to UTPB. We always enjoyed his company at social occasions. Whether a death comes after long suffering or quickly and unexpectedly, it is never easy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days. May good memories sustain you.
Linda Sorber
January 29, 2015
What a good man and a wonderful colleague to work with. I will appreciate his humble manner and everything he did to do with what we have. Thank you ! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Hector Govea
January 29, 2015
Keith was a great professor & fine man. It was my great fortune to have known him.
Steven P. Wiehle, M.D.
January 29, 2015
Keith was a smart and witty individual who was very quick to step up for UTPB and UT System. The UT System Office of Telecommunication Services held up Keith as one of the people who advanced the UT System.

Wayne Wedemeyer
January 29, 2015
Mary and family, we are so very sad to learn about Keith's passing. Our hearts are heavy for you and you will be in our prayers during this difficult time.
Sid and Sheri Norton
January 28, 2015
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Knowing and working with Keith and you have given me wonderful memories. We were terribly saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are.

Tony and Judy Stringer
January 28, 2015
What a delight it was to have known Keith. He was a brilliant, but humble man. He brought so much laughter to many a dull meeting. The world has lost a kind soul. Praying for God's comfort for all of you during this time.
Susan Paddack
January 28, 2015
Mary, I am so very sorry to hear about Keith. He was a wonderful person & I enjoyed working with him at UTPB. You & your family are in my prayers
Sheila Goddard
January 28, 2015
Keith is one of those people that no matter what you remember of him, it makes you either smile or chuckle. I was indeed blessed to have known him and I have learned many things from him. We will meet again and until then, we will continue to remember your spirit!
D Piper
January 27, 2015
Keith was a wonderful boss and I feel privileged to have worked under him at UTPB. My heart felt condolences to Mary and family. May God's peace comfort you in your loss.
Veletta Butcher
January 27, 2015
Keith was such a funny man! Always a cool head and the voice of reason in many situations. He absolutely lit up a room with his quick wit and outgoing personality. He will be deeply missed.
Kim O'Connor
January 27, 2015
Keith was a wonderful friend and colleague - none better. He was quick witted, funny, and so, so bright. He surely will be missed by us all. Our hearts go out to Mary and the family.
Lois and Doug Hale
January 27, 2015
Keith was a great guy. I feel so lucky to have known him and will hold memories of him close. My deepest condolences to Mary and his entire family.
Pamela Pipes
January 27, 2015
Keith was a kind, funny, sweet man and a great friend to David and I. He will be missed.
Sharon & David Royall
January 27, 2015
Keith was a good man I feel blessed to have known. Take comfort in your memories. God bless.
Oneita Burgess
January 26, 2015
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