Richard Bouton Keysor
February 2, 1929 – May 20, 2020
Richard Bouton (Dick) Keysor, 91, a local business leader, philanthropist, and 1989 Santa Clarita Man of the Year passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Clarita on May 20,2020.
Dick was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 2, 1929, and was 16 when his family moved to Burbank, CA where his father, James (Bud) Keysor, started his own recording vinyl manufacturing and recording business, later known as Keysor-Century Corporation. Dick started working in the family business as a teenager and graduated from Burbank High School. At age 19, he served for 2 years as a young church missionary in Hawaii and always had a soft spot for the people and culture of Polynesia. He attended college at UCLA and the University of Utah and received his B.S. in Business Management.
In 1954, he met the love of his life and married Arlene Meyer of Smithfield Utah, and shortly thereafter served his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War at McChord Field in Tacoma, Washington where his first two children were born.
After being released from the Air Force in 1956, he returned to the San Fernando Valley. In 1957, he helped arrange the move of Keysor-Century Corporation from the San Fernando Valley to Saugus. Eight years later in 1965, Dick moved his family, now three girls and two boys, to the Santa Clarita Valley. He worked in various executive capacities such as President and CEO with the company until it closed in 2002.
Endless community service and philanthropy were his proud contributions to Santa Clarita. He was a founding Member of the Board of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He also served as Foundation Chairman of the hospital for 2 years, fund raising and initiating a program that financed and developed an adult day health care center at the hospital. Dick also served as Area Chairman of the United Way Santa Clarita campaign, Bill Hart District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, Member of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation board, and Trustee for 12 years on the Sulphur Springs School District board.
Always persevering and volunteering, Dick was a long-time volunteer at the SCV Boys & Girls Club where he served as President of the Board and Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club 1979 Auction, where he set fund-raising records. Dick has been an owner and investor in many companies, including his children’s entrepreneurial ventures. He was a Founding Director of Valencia National Bank which was eventually acquired by Union Bank.
Dick and his wife Arlene were recipients of the Sulphur Springs School District PTA Founders’ Award. In 1987, he was nominated for the Southern California National “Philanthropist of the Year” award for having donated more than 25,000 hours of community service.
A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dick served as a Bishop twice. He continually served the Lord in many church capacities his entire life including Sunday School Teacher, Area Youth Leader, and High Councilman, and led many service projects. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang in the church choir with Arlene as the organist. He had a natural gift for art and loved sports.
When his youngest daughter was on the track program at Canyon High School, Dick qualified himself in track technique and volunteered as an assistant track coach. He became a “father figure” to many of the students and encouraged them to achieve their goals, including setting some school records. Undaunted by age or health challenges, he always attended his family’s athletic, church, academic and social events until earlier this year.
Dick and Arlene just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on May 5th, and are the parents of nine children: Stephen (Beverly), Claudia Hamilton (Kevin), Kari Evans (David), Jennifer, David (Rosalie), Lisa Cheney (Bryan), Colleen Gordon (Robb), Stacy Crowther (David), and Christine Scott (Ben). All children attended Sulphur Springs Elementary School and Canyon High School, and graduated from Brigham Young University. Dick and Arlene have 33 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. His parents James and Bernice Keysor (deceased), brothers Jim (deceased) and Robert have been residents of Santa Clarita Valley; his sisters, Carolyn Hill and Kathy Kellar, still reside in SCV.
Dick was loved by his family, friends, church, and community and this compassionate man will be greatly missed.
Private graveside services will be held at Eternal Valley Mortuary on May 30, 2020. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or dignitymemorial.com.
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Richard Bouton Keysor
May 31, 2020
Dad and I watched the graveside services yesterday. Thanks for allowing us to feel a part of that. It was a beautiful tribute to him as a father.
I remember your dad as always smiling. He had such a pleasant spirit about him. I loved the stories yesterday about the many blessings he gave his children. That seems to fit perfectly with how I picture him. At a family gathering we had at Mack Park years ago he took me aside, took my hands and looked into my eyes and said some very comforting words to me. I had just been through a divorce. I appreciated so much that my uncle cared and loved me enough to do that for me. I have never forgotten that.
I wished I could have hugged all of you yesterday. You are my family. We have that bond. It is hard to lose a parent and we will continue to pray for you and your mother that your sorrow will be comforted.
May 26, 2020
To Aunt Arlene and my Keysor cousins I give my condolences to all of you. I knew your father to be a gentleman and always took time to show interest in me and my family. I did not realize how involved he was in community service and how involved he was in so many charitable causes. But then I shouldn't have been surprised as a few years ago I came across and letter written by Aunt Arlene and addressed to my parents. The letter stated that they had come into a little money and they had enclosed a check to my parents to help pay for my eye operation when was I was seven. I was able to thank them personally over 6 years ago when I was visiting them in their home. I'll be forever grateful for their generosity and for their great examples. Best Wishes. Mike