Keith R. Thorson
THORSON, Keith R.

Keith passed away on February 10, 2021 after 95 years of a family and music-filled life. He is survived by his wife, Martha; sons, Keith Jr. (Joy), Steven (Kristin); his daughter, Jana (Foster); stepsons, David (Fran), Frank (Carolyn) and an extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded by his 1st wife, DeeJay; brother and sister. Born in Crookston, MN, he served in the US Army, graduated from the University of Minnesota, then served in the US Air Force. He retired as a Hughes Aircraft aerospace engineer. He loved music, and his interests included theatre, barbershop, choir, and performing locally in various big band, jazz, and Dixieland ensembles. A celebration of life will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following charities - Habitat for Humanity or the Interfaith Community Services of Tucson.





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I enjoyed the many times Keith played with our band in the White Mountains -- "The Classics."
Arlene Strandberg (Strannie)
February 22, 2021
We used to live in the neighborhood and loved hearing the Dixie Cats at Cogley parties. I played tennis with Keith on the Oracle Heights courts many years ago. We were delighted to reconnect at the Fountains. Our sincere sympathy -Carol and Bob
Carol and Bob Helming
February 21, 2021
I worked with Keith on several projects at Hughes, including the Maverick Program, and was always impressed by his energy and enthusiasm. He was an intelligent aerospace engineer with expertise in flight test and value engineering. Primarily a really nice guy!
Bob Johnson (Hughes Aircraft Co)
February 21, 2021