Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel

4675 SW Watson Avenue, Beaverton, OR


Mr. John Steven Keys

April 11, 1956July 18, 2020

John Steven Keys passed away July 18, 2020 in Beaverton, Oregon. He was born in Dayton, Ohio to Dixie and K.C. McClellan on April 11, 1956. John grew up in Centerville, Ohio, graduating from Centerville High School in 1974. While in high school, John learned carpentry skill from working with his dad. After graduation he attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

In his early adult life, John did all phases of house construction and industrial insulating. Later, he attended Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon where he studied computer science. He excelled and flourished in that environment, and went on to work in several small tech and consulting companies. Despite his limited college education, he found success. John was excellent at teaching himself what he needed to know. Until his death, John was a research scientist at Intel.

John’s many hobbies and interests included fishing, woodworking, playing music and genealogy. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Pam. His passions were endless and he was always curious and up for learning new things, mastering many trades. If John didn’t know how to do something he would figure it out.

During his illness, no matter the setback, John continued to fight. He will be missed.

John is survived by his wife, Pam Keys, of Beaverton, OR; son Dustin Keys and his wife, Jenny; daughter Lindsay Keys of Portland, OR; grandchildren Kelsey and Jacob Keys of Hillsboro, OR; brother Matt McClellan and his wife, Kathy, of Ellicot City, MD; four nephews and many friends.

Due to the COVID virus we are not having a service at this time but will have a Celebration of Life at a later date. Please leave your memories of John below.


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Tina Kvavle

July 31, 2020

Thirty-two years of happy memories....John was a talented artist, skilled engineer, valued business partner of ours for many years with Northwest Software Partners/Black Diamond Software, and most importantly, an amazing friend! I will miss his animated storytelling and wonderful sense of humor the most. Cheers to you John! You left the world a better place.

Mona Vij

July 29, 2020

I worked with John for many years at Intel Labs where we collaborated on many projects. We even took a trip to Australia in 2011 for a F2F with researchers in UNSW as part of our device driver synthesis project. Even Pam joined us on the trip. I will miss John and his kind nature. RIP.

John Howard

July 27, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with John on a variety of projects at Intel, mostly dealing with Universal Serial Bus. He was an awesome engineer and architect, having no fear to learn completely new topics and become an expert.
John had a great sense of humor, willing to act immature, which I greatly appreciate. One day I was trying to come up with a name for a data structure I was working on and asked John... he asked "what is it for", I told him... he said "sounds like a bag of s__t, why not BOS"... seemed like a good idea, so we made it so. It has been a port of USB since then...
John was the best teammate on on a project. I have several stories, but my favorite is when we kicked off the industry technical workgroup for Wireless Universal Serial Bus - John was the Security Lead. For some dumb reason we went out the night before with the Marketing guys to celebrate the kickoff. The next day was pure torture for all of us due to excessive celebration. John was presenting his topic, no-one was asking any questions and I think John was planning on getting done quickly and tend to his headache. Brad Hosler (our manager) decided to try to get the audience more engaged and started asking questions. After 3 or 4 questions John stopped, looked straight at Brad with an obvious look on his face that said "what the hell are you doing?". It was awesome... and we all survived.
I will miss John, his humor and his help.


Cindy Arnold

July 26, 2020

My first memory of John was at a party when he came back to Ohio from Idaho. he brought unpasteurized Coors beer with him and shared it with Tim and I. It wasn't much later after first meeting John that he met Pam at my house. From that New Year's Day, John and Pam were inseparable. Though we ended up living across the country from each other, our friendship stayed true and strong. I will alway cherish the times we were able to get together. Thank you John for leading us up the side of a cliff at Cannon Beach. That is a memory I will never forget. I raise a bottle of Hefeweizen to you, my friend! Love Cindy

DeAnna Phelps

July 26, 2020

I am John's aunt, his mother's sister. He was always Steve to us. John was born when I was a senior. He was the joy of my life. He was happy, inquisitive even then. With a generation and distance we didn't see each other much as I'd like but I always knew he'd be there. I loved him then and always will. RIP Steve.

Lindsay Keys

July 26, 2020

He sure was an avid reader! Despite my mom pleads to get rid of them , books overflowed his book cases forming additional stacks on stacks on stacks leaving a tiny path to trip though 😉 Even though in the recent years he was more of a kindle guy due to lack of space.

You wouldn’t believe how many subjects my dad had interests in, and books on every one of them.