iv class="main">Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 12, 2011, 11:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo CA

Message: Good bye my little brother Keith. I still remember you as the small kid who hung out at the park and baseball fields, always so eager to get into the game with the big kids. Although your life was too short, you got into the games and made a difference. Your life was rich and full of experiences because you took the risks and never shied away from challenges. You became the King in your world and leave lots of folks behind who will miss you very much. I hear up there in the real big leagues, they are looking for a big, strong catcher who could hit some dingers a country mile, almost as far as Gary Mykannen's shots :-). The best news is they are giving you back your 18 yo body with no aches, pains or strange spider infections. Take care of yourself big guy and I will be looking for you behind the plate when it is my time to take the journey home. Save a spot for me on the bench.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 12, 2011, 10:48 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA

Message: Sad to hear that another of my classmates has passed away. That's about five or six for the class of 76 in the past year! I thought a good story about Keith might raise some folks from their depressed mood.....It was our freshman year, the fall of 1972, Keith and I were on the freshman football team, one day at lunch in the first weeks of school we were told (probably by some devious sophomores) that as freshman it was our responsibility to try to run through senior square. I sized up the seniors guarding senior square (the class of 73 had some big boys), and decided it was not in the best interest of my health to give it a go. Not Keith though, he sauntered over, sized up the seniors and took off in a full sprint. Unfortunately his effort was to no avail as the seniors nabbed him and Keith experienced the obligatory head first dump into a trash can. Keith had not hesitated though and we respected him for the effort and followed in his footsteps in the weeks to come with many similar results. Keith was a character but those folks make life interesting and the class of '76 was better off for his presence! Let's celebrate his life more so than mourn his passing. Clark Millman president, class of 1976
There you go Clark, thanks for the Keith story.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 12, 2011, 10:21 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: My word! Look at the number of posts stating what a total LOSS we've suffered with Keith's unexpected and untimely death! I hope we were all this supportive when he was alive because he WAS a special human being, bigger than life itself. He always seemed eager to "give" of himself to his fellow man in any way he could. He was obviously full of love, a love as big as his big ol' body, literally overflowing. And what wonderful experiences ... hard to believe in his short life that a person could have all those wonderful times. But also all of the suffering he endured, both mentally and physically. It wouldn't surprise me a bit that the "natural causes" of his death had something to do with that brown recluse spider bite he experienced in 1998. He went through hell with that!! Read his bio ... it is well worth the read Ctowners! WHAT AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSON! We emailed for a while about 10 or 11 years ago. When I began with the first email, I figured he would just think, "What does that old broad want!?", but not so. We communicated ... genuinely communicated. He told me all about his spider bite and the resulting very bad health he had experienced from time-to-time -- even sent me pictures of the bite, and the discoloring and swelling of his leg. He shared his love for his daughters; and on and on. HE SHARED! He was the REAL THING! HONEST to a fault! GENUINE! I will miss him tremendously! And although I sound like CT's MOTHER, let it be a hard-learned lesson ... to ALWAYS let those you love, KNOW YOU LOVE THEM! Before it's too late. Okay, off the soapbox for now. Love you Keith!!!
Name: Larry, Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 12, 2011, 9:09 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: I too was shocked and sadden to see the passing of Keith. I truly enjoyed reading all his posting on Cougartown. He will be missed by all of us. He had a heart of Gold. My sympathy to his Daughters and Family. R.I.P. God Bless
Name: Catherine Robuck ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 12, 2011, 7:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: San Pedro CA

Message: Good morning Cougars, Sad to hear of Keith's passing. A SUCCESSFUL life, in giving INSPIRATION to many people!. RIP, stay Strong in his many Beautiful Memories. God's Blessings to his Family. Sincerely, Cathie
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 10:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: oc ca

Message: What can one add when we lose another friend and classmate? Keith you were a Hawthorne Original no one could ever copy you or your style. You always brought a laugh to all of us on Ctown. Your stories were amazing. RIP hold us a spot in that Heavenly Senior Square until we meet again and can hear more of your stories. We're all better to have known you.
Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 9:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oak HIlls, CA.

Message: Keith may you rest in peace. You will be missed by your Cougar family.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 8:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: LAGUNA Beach, Ca

Message: Rest in peace dear Keith.
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA

Message: WOW. Keith Jones was a character from the time I first met him at HHS through his incredibly entertaining posts on C-town. I'm sad to lose him but grateful that he shared so much of himself here. Thanks Keith!
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 6:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: I too never met Keith but always enjoyed his banter on feedback. I was so shocked to read of his passing. He was far too young. My condolences to his family.
Name: Gloria Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 5:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas, NV

Message: Keith was a doll! Inside and out. I am so sad we lived near each other and didn't find the time to reconnect in person. He was a sweet boy and a kind man. I wish all the best to his daughters and his grandchildren. He will be missed, especially by the class of 76~ everyone knew and loved him!
Name: Jim Magrini ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 5:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Denver, Co

Message: Steve Maldonado, Damien Smith used to live across the street from me on 129th. Please forward fellow Cougars who live in Denver to me so I can connect with them. Thanks, Jim
Name: Jim Magrini ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 5:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Denver, Co

Message: To all of you following the death of our fallen 76er' Keith, I have been told that he died of natural causes. I do not know if something else will come out to confirm this, but I thought you all should know.
Name: Randy Foster ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 4:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Venice, ca

Message: R.I.P. Keith
Name: Joseph Mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 4:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: hawthorne CA

Message: Hey KEITH I LOVVVVVE YOU MAAAANNNN...classmate...and am so sorry that we are now on other sides of the Big Islands, but likely yours is still the better shore. You once gave me something that I have thought of often, right here...there was this discussion of rehabilitating our HHS Senior Square, and someone recommended putting a sundial in it, and Right away you jumped in and said something, "Hey, how about a sundial with a surfer on it?" I thought it was a really cool idea, a little kitsch, a little pop, perfectly Hawthornian. (If not HHS, there should be one at, say, Sloopy's.) I know you were both of Haytown and Hawaiian at heart and loved the surf culture deep in you in both places, so to you I have to send out a Shaka and the Aloha spirit and say No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa., forever, man, Joseph
Name: Steve Maldonado ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Longview, WA

Message: Keith, brother, you will be sorely missed in this world. You were such a colorful and enthusiastic person since the day I met you. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with your family and we pray you now have the peace that passes all understanding.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 2:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Condolences to Keith Jones' family. Keith was a great guy. Although we never met in person, I counted him as a friend. When Keith was living in Hawaii he helped me find a restaurant in Honolulu where I could get a gift certificate for my son in Honolulu. In our email conversations Keith mentioned a friend of his who worked in the same area as my son. Small world - my son did know Keith’s friend. Keith and his stories will be missed.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 2:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA

Message: Well my heart is broken. I am so sorry to hear of our loss. Keith's heart was bigger than life. I will miss his crazy stories- every one of them was true, I am sure of it. My condolences to his daughters, brother and sister. We have all lost a good friend.
Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 1:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester, CA

Message: I, too, felt that I knew Keith thru his many stories here on CT and would like to offer my condolences to his loved ones.
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 1:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: quintanilla
Class: 1970
City & State: escondido, ca.92027

Message: So sad to hear of the passing of Keith Jones a very unique sweet individual whom I met thru emails when he was planning the last reunion in Las Vegas… my deepest sympathies to his family, Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort his family….I too just lost my husband of 38 yrs…..
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 1:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Wow, what a shock to hear that Keith passed. I can only echo what has already been said. I didn't know Keith personally either, but his posts were always fun and interesting to read. CT has, indeed, lost one of its more interesting contributors; and I think a sincere and decent man. My sincere condolences to his family. Tom Shelley
Name: Bonnie Brodeur Driscoll ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 12:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: Laguna Hills CA

Message: just found out from facebook that the Memorial service for Keith Jones will be Saturday January 29th at 1:00pm. The services will be Held at Trinity Luthern Church in Hawthorne. 4783 130th in Hawthorne. off of Inglewood avenue.
Name: Les Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973

Message: The Jones-Ito family would like to thank everyone for their prayers & blessings due to the recent passing of my brother Keith Jones. May he rest in peace. We have been informed that he passed away due to natural causes. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 29th 2011. Trinity Lutheran Church 4783 W. 130th Street Hawthorne,CA 90250
Thanks Les for the information.
Name: Bonnie Brodeur Driscoll ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 12:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: Laguna Hills CA

Message: So Saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Jones, a really really sweet guy. I will miss him.
Name: Diana Romero ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 11:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Sanchez
Class: 1975
City & State: Bloomington,CA

Message: My prayers go out to Keith and his family! Keith was a sweet, funny and kind man!! I Will miss you Keith!!
Name: Leslie Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 11:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: D.H.S., CA.
No E-mail
Message: Les and Ingrid, Sorry to hear the news about Keith...Our thoughts and Prayers are with you both... May he Rest in Peace and the Glory of God be with him... God Bless you all.. The Greasby's
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 11:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,CA
No E-mail
Message: As to Green Farms BBQ, I worked there most of my high school years, '57-60. It was originally located on Hawthorne Blvd, north of El Segundo Bl, on the westside. To the north was Lee's Barber shop. Everyone knew Lee and Pat and "flat top" haircuts. Next door, going north was a bar. To the south was Orange Julius. A little old guy that owned the Orange Julius said it was very good with vodka. South of that was Ivy's Coffee Shop. (I think it burned down in the early 60's). Going around the corner on El Segundo, heading west was Slim's Coin Shop. (Billy Wilson and Lester Moss, do you remember?) I think around '59-'60, Jack Swatman, who owned the property (Green Farms, Lees and the bar, also a vacant lot) decided to build a 3 story office building on the property. Green Farms moved to Hawthorne Blvd. and 132nd on the SE corner. I worked there off and on a couple more years. Sid Swarts owned it and was a wonderful and generous man. Best BBQ ribs and roast beef around here!
Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 11, 2011, 11:10 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Nicocia
Class: 1972
City & State: San Pedro Hill, CA

Message: It's SO sad about Keith. How did he die, btw? And, is there anyone planning a memorial for him in the So Bay? That would be a nice way to honor him, from his many friends on CT, & also his HHS friends could pay their respects. Prayers go out to his family. RIP were a gentle lived a remarkable life, it's SO sad it was cut WAY too short!