December 19, 1930 – February 11, 2020
Keith Veatch passed away peacefully on February 11th 2020 at Hopewest Hospice. He was born on December 19th 1930 to Clarence O. Veatch and Eva A. Anderson in the Pear Park area of Grand Junction, CO. Keith, as a teenager, started working with his father Clarence picking fruit in the orchards of Pear Park. When he was 19, Keith was working at a gas station when he went to play pinball at the local Vale Café. There, a car hop named Jennean A. Barnes was asking about “the boy playing games”. Right then and there, a unforgettable love story was to begin. In less than a year they were married. She was 17 and he was 19. Keith and Jennean married on June 8th 1950 and started a family in 1952. First a daughter Debra Leann Veatch. Later followed by her brother Daniel Keith Veatch in 1954. The Veatch family moved to Fruita, CO in 1955, the same year they stared managing the Surface Creek Creamery, where they bought cream from local farmers to be made into Challenge Butter. In 1963, Keith and Jennean bought their dream home and property in the Redlands where they raised their 2 wonderful children. They lived almost all their lives on Mockingbird Lane. There, they created such a foundation of memories for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Keith also worked as a truck driver delivering water to local residences and as a milkman for Clymers Dairy. Keith finished his working career at City Market as a mailman in 1996. He retired with honors. In his spare time, Keith enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. He had the best looking tomatoes and pumpkins on the block for many years. Also, during their 67 years of marriage, Keith and Jennean spent 25 years square dancing for the Outpost Twirlers. Keith also loved watching sports, anything with a ball. He spent decades with his son and grandchildren going to every JUCO game. Later in life, one of Keith favorite things to do was just to be outside. He always loved spending time in his yard. He invested in a riding lawn mower which he named “Ruth”, but we all know he just loved taking the grandkids out for a ride. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his family. Keith was known to have a story for every occasion. His sense of humor and attention to detail was mesmerizing to all. These stories weren’t made of fiction. Only told from real life experiences. His wisdom is something we will miss most of all. We only hope he keeps telling the story. Until next time, lov-a, lov-a, night night. Keith is survived by his daughter, Debbie Zambrano of Colorado Springs, son Dan Veatch of Grand Junction, daughter-in-law Crystal Veatch (Ron Taylor and Michael, Alexis) of Grand Junction, granddaughter April Hoffman (Ryan and their children Tyler and Cory) of Grand Junction, granddaughter Heather Zambrano and children (Ashlyn, Kellyn Braylon) of Colorado Springs, sister Linda Kauffman of Grand Junction, sister Arliss Sanders of Denver, brother Gene Veatch of Denver and sister-in-law Norma Veatch of Grand Junction. Keith is preceded in death by his wife Jennean Veatch, granddaughter Brandie Veatch Havard, grandson Domenic Zambrano, sister Naola Urban, sister Anita Urban brother Neil Veatch, and parents Clarence and Eva Veatch. A visitation will be held on February 17, 2020 at 9am at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO. Funeral services honoring Keith’s life will be held on February 17, 2020 at Martin Mortuary at 10am followed by a burial service at 11am at Grand Junction Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewest 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B Grand Junction.
- Jeremy Zambrano
- Ryan Hoffman
- Bruce Veatch
- Rusty Veatch
- Michael Havard
- Donny Harvard
- Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
- A Celebration of Life Service Monday, February 17, 2020
- A Graveside Service Monday, February 17, 2020
February 13, 2020
I remember Thanksgivings and Christmases spent there with family a few times. Uncle Keith and Aunt Jennean were always so loving and willing to open their home to all of us. I’ll never forget the wonderful times spent with everyone there and how peaceful and welcoming it was there. Even later in life when I worked for a trucking company that I ran a route that took me through the Junction. I would call ahead of time and ask if I could stay the night with them to save motel money. They were always happy and willing to see me and spend some quality time. I’m sad that it’s been several years since I’ve been down to see him.
My love, thoughts and prayers are with all of the family in the Junction at this time of loss.. I wish I could be there with all of you to celebrate his life and mourn the loss of a great man. God bless and comfort everyone and R.I.P. Uncle Keith . Lova lova