December 23, 1950 – November 15, 2019
Was born in Spokane, Washington, on Dec. 23, 1950, and passed on to heaven on November 15, 2019, in Wilbur, Washington. His parents were Wiley (Bud) and Arlita Haden, and he was raised in Wilbur. Keith attended EWU after high school for two years and then returned home to farm with his dad, and in 1975 his brother Craig joined him to farm and then his nephew Braidy joined them in 2011. Keith married Pam Vaughan in 1974, and then they moved to the old Billingsley farm outside of Wilbur. Keith loved everyone and was nicknamed Smiley because of his great smile and happy disposition. Keith is survived by his wife Pam, his son Casey and wife Jessica and grandchildren Callie and Cole, and daughter Jenny and grandchildren Hadyn and Carter. He was truly crazy about his grandkids! His sister Dalene from Moses Lake, and his brother Craig and wife Sylvia in Wilbur are his siblings. He has numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many relatives. Keith participated in basketball and football in high school and continued football at EWU for one season until he broke his arm, and later played both sports for many years. Hunting, fishing, golfing, and camping out, and drinking coffee, and laughing with his great buddies, filled his free time. He was a member of the Wilbur Lion’s Club, Big Bend Golf Club, and Wilbur Presbyterian Church. He also coached Little Dribblers’ basketball and helped coach Wilbur High School football. Keith had a beautiful voice and would sing for funerals and weddings. He so enjoyed doing this and felt privileged to be able to help people during sad and happy times. Donations can be made to the Wilbur Swimming Pool Foundation or the Wildcat Booster Club. A Celebration of Life service will be at Wilbur Lutheran Church on Monday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Haden family.
- Celebration of Life Monday, November 25, 2019
Nancy (Olfs) Prevost
November 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of Keith's passing. I graduated from high school with Keith 50 years ago. At our ten year reunion I took a scrapbook full of clippings and old school newspapers an awful lot of which featured Keith's exploits in football. He was often the star player! And I also remember the band he played in (though I can't remember who else was in it) and how often they entertained us at school dances. Keith was always a great guy and I know he will be missed. My sympathy goes out to his family.
Nancy (Olfs) Prevost in Spokane