CPL Keaton G. Coffey

August 21, 1989May 24, 2012

CPL Keaton G. Coffey, a resident of Boring, OR, died on Thursday, May 24, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was 22 years of age.

Keaton was born on August 21, 1989 in Portland, Oregon and was the son of Grant and Inger Coffey. He grew up in Boring and attended Damascus Christian School where he played basketball, soccer and was the Student Body President his Senior Year. He graduated in 2007.

Keaton completed a year of college at George Fox University but found his calling in the military. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 2008 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. He was assigned to the 1st LEB (REIN), I MHG (FWD), I MEF (FWD) Military Police where he was a working dog handler. Along with his dog, Denny, he was in the completion stages of his second deployment to the region.

On November 19, 2011, Keaton proposed to his best friend and soul mate, Brittany Dygert. They were planning to be married on July 14, 2012 and were looking forward to starting their lives together as husband and wife.

Keaton had many interests. He loved animals, fitness and surfing but his world revolved around his true love, Brittany. He was gentle, compassionate and a completely amazing young man. He had a fun sense of humor, enjoyed reading and loved to learn. He was also a believer and committed his life to the Lord in the 3rd grade, making his parents very proud. Keaton also had a heart for service and aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a firefighter. Keaton was loved by so many and will be dearly missed.

Keaton is survived by his parents, Grant and Inger Coffey of Boring and his fiancée, Brittany Dygert of Boring along with many close family members and friends.

A Celebration of Keaton’s life will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring. A committal service with full military honors will follow at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Keaton to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, the United States War Dogs Association, the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Keaton Coffey Scholarship Fund at Damascus Christian School.

To sign Keaton’s online guestbook, please visit Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



  • A Celebration of Keaton's Life Monday, June 4, 2012


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Stephanie Gorman

October 27, 2014

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Coffey and Miss Britany,

I did not know Keaton, but I wish I had. From what I've read he must have been an incredibly special young man and Marine. His is a great loss not only to you, but to our entire country as well. My heart goes out to all of you.

Keaton rests next to my father at Willamette National Cemetery. My father was a career military officer in the Army. He would have loved your son and enjoyed his company had he gotten the chance to meet him. My Dad was an awesome officer who put his troops before everything and everyone else. They were his whole world and he would do anything for them, plus he made a special effort to get to know each and every one of the soldiers (and their families) under his command. He had a great sense of humor and would have needled Keaton mercilessly for being a Marine and traded jokes back and forth with him about each others' choice of branch of service. That Keaton was a dog handler would have made my Dad so happy, too - he loved dogs!

We visit my Dad's grave on a regular basis and cannot help but wonder about those who surround him. Until recently there was a picture of a handsome Marine with a dog on Keaton's headstone, and its absence this time brought an extra pang of sorrow for us and some questions we decided it was time were finally answered.

I cannot imagine the depth of your grief, but I can honestly say I come close. (We lost my niece at a young age.) Learning Keaton's story was incredibly heartbreaking and moving. If there is any silver lining it is that his dog survived and that Keaton, of course, is with Our Lord and Jesus.

We know you're close in proximity to Willamette and we know that Keaton is visited often. We are actually hoping one of these days to see you there. In the mean time, we've sort of adopted Keaton as our own. We've been tending to his headstone when it needs it and leaving some flowers. It's a small gesture for sure, but a simple sign of our respect.

So whenever you visit and you see a vase and some yellow roses, you'll know we were there. The deer love to eat the roses, but my Dad loved wildlife and would want us to bring roses. Plus they were my his signature color for his command and for his friends. Trust me that he and Keaton are fast friends.

We are grateful for your son's service and sacrifice and he will not be forgotten. Please know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you always.

Ginger Lawrence

August 22, 2014

Happy Birthday sweet Keaton! Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. We all love and miss you so much! We will never forget you! Love Auntie Ginger

Shawna Rivera

May 27, 2014

Thank you for your service.. I pray that your family is coping today .. I can see
how much love so many
people have for you.. my heart is with you and your
family .. thank you again .. you gave it all

May 26, 2014

May God Bless Cpl.Keaton G.Coffey and his family.You are truly my hero and I sincerely thank you for your sacrifice in defending our freedom and protecting our families.You will never be forgotten...
Christina M Crandell

May 26, 2014

Ran the Hero Half this Memorial Day Weekend. I did not realize how much it would affect me. I was able to talk with Mr. Coffey after the run while looking through pictures of Keaton. Thank you for your service and your sacrifices. I was able to share your sons story with my children and talk about the 'real' heros this Memorial Day. Forever grateful, Alicia M.

Scott Jones

February 15, 2014

Dear Mr and Mrs Coffey,

Your Valentine's Day message to Keaton on this guest book triggered an email message to me, and I have spent the last half hour or so looking over the many messages to you and your son.

I wish to convey my love and respect for you, Keaton, and your family.

If I may, I will share some words with you spoken to me by my son. My son was a Marine who was gravely wounded in Iraq and almost died. He recovered and fought in Afghanistan the following year. His unit lost 28 Marines during the two deployments, including my son's best friend.

I asked him one time about how he deals with it - that some, like him, lived, but others didn't. This was his answer ...

"They were the sacrifices, Dad. Each one is like Jesus on the cross. Each one died so that others could live."

I will always remember those words when I think of your precious son, Keaton, and all of our honored fallen.


February 14, 2014


On the Valentines day 2014, I remember the true love shared by you and your soulmate Brittany

Love never dies and you are in our hearts forever!

Mom and dad

November 12, 2013

Always prayers and thoughts to both of you and YOUR SON. Prayed for him on the USMC Birthday and on Veterans Day.
I am still sending to OUR TROOPS-for the service of our Grandson and to all that sacrificed for OUR AMERICA.
Pat Spring

Nick Bruno

November 12, 2013

While attending the Albany Veteran's Parade today. I was sitting in uniform at the parade when Grant Coffey handed me a magnet with a picture of Keaton G. Coffey who paid the ultimate sacrifice as a Marine in Afghanistan. I came home and looked up on the internet what this brave Marine was about. Grant thank you for sharing your son's story and his memory magnet is on my fridge so I remember Freedom is not FREE. Nick B. Bruno
US Army Retired

Jeff Lawrence

November 11, 2013

Hi Keaton,

As I celebrate this Veterans Day as a veteran myself I will always think of you and the sacrifice you gave. To be honest I think of you a lot more than just this day to be honest. We all miss you very much and I know that one day we will all be reunited. Until then rest in peace my friend.