OBITUARY

Noble Holcomb Keist

May 25, 1936January 12, 2020
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Noble Holcomb Keist truly lived up to his name. He was born in Baker, Oregon on May 25, 1936 and died on January 12, 2020.

He was the child of an Army Colonel and had many adventures on Army bases across the United States and abroad. Noble spent a great deal of time growing up on the family farm in Richland Oregon.

He graduated from high school in Columbus, Georgia. He joined the US Army in preparation for his appointment to West Point Military Academy. He did not complete his course of study but never regretted leaving early. He was hired by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in November of 1961, promoted to Sergeant in March of 1971 and retired in February of 1990. He specialized in Auto Theft investigations and his unit was recognized nationally for recovering millions of dollars’ worth of vehicles, commercial trucks and heavy construction equipment. He founded the first Oregon chapter of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators group. He started the first youth Explorer post at the Sheriff’s office and received the Silver Beaver award from the Boys Scouts of America for his work with the Explorers. He was a member of the first SWAT team and a firearms instructor.

Noble spent his free time hunting in Eastern Oregon and fishing anywhere there was water. A fishing pole was always close. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kim Keist; his four children, Deanna Keist, Noble K. Keist, Cynthia Keist, and Kenneth Keist; his six grandchildren Michael Keist, Jacob Munson, Daniel Keist, Toby McCreary, Lance McCreary and Aribella Keist and his sister Cecilia Boyce. Noble loved to travel, hunt, fish and enjoyed the company of friends and family. He will missed forever and ever.

Noble's memorial service will be held on February 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anthem Church at 1415 NE 223rd in Fairview, OR.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Noble's memory to the Oregon Humane Society, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Services

  • Noble Holcomb Keist Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Noble Holcomb Keist Monday, February 10, 2020

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Kim Keist

January 18, 2020

My Dearest Noble. I just got done watching so many of our memories of life together click by one picture at a time. I am sobbing and I am hearing you say "Stop it" with a smile on your face and a finger pointing towards me. The tears keep flowing. I am sorry. I love you and will forever love you. You have been the most amazing, patient, kind, gentle, loving man a wife could ask for. OK it would have been nice if you cooked and cleaned a little but now that complaint seems so trivial. My meals will never be the same. I no longer have you to cook for. The home seems so empty, even though there is still plenty of work to accomplish. The days and nights seem endless. My heart will forever be with yours. I long for the day we will see each other again in heaven. God Bless your journey and I hope he gave you an amazing job fit for a Noble man.

Mike Anderson

January 17, 2020

I met Noble in April of 1970 when I joined Explorer Post 900. Little did I realize it would become my life over the next 6 years, and Noble would become an incredible mentor. As Chief of the post for 3 years, Noble and I met almost every week and spent many hours together. He taught me so much about leadership and organization. Lessons I have used my entire life professionally. We went to the 1973 National Scout Jamboree together, many camp outs, hours of working for him in detectives as I did an internship at MCSO my senior year of HS. Other than my parents he was the single most influential person in my life. I will never forget him and I owe him so much thanks for his friendship.

Dawn Hawkins-deBracy

January 16, 2020

My dad, Walt Hawkins was Noble's partner at the Sheriff's Office and his best friend. They worked Auto Theft for many years. The stories they told could go for years. Stake outs, chop shops, rounding up the bad guys. After retirement they came up with an idea to create their own company and continue working auto theft for the insurance companies. The fun never ended. Noble continued to be in my dad's life, being their with him until he passed away. In the family photo gallery is one picture of the group from the Sheriff's Office. In the back row my dad. Noble was a kind wonderful man. He loved his family the most. You all had a great life with him. He has left you with lot's of memories for the rest of your days. I'm sure he must be in heaven with all the old cops, having a beer and telling another round of stories.
We will all remember you Noble, Thanks for your friendship.

Alan Gough

January 14, 2020

Worked auto theft with Noble in the 70s. He almost threw me over board when I declared that “ there goes another one for the Indians”when I missed netting a salmon below the Bonneville Dam. RIP Noble.

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