Obituaries

 

Name:
Keith A. Mead

Dates:
Birth date: September 16, 1932
Death date: July 07, 2012

Obituary:
Keith Anthony Mead, 79, of Fircrest, Washington peacefully entered his new life on Saturday, July 7 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 16, 1932 Keith spent his life loving and caring for his family and friends. He attended grade school in Decatur, Illinois while living with his grandmother Emma Bomgardner, and graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy in Denison, Texas under the care of his foster parents,William and Mary Mead. Employment opportunities at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards brought the family to the Pacific Northwest where he attended Olympic Community College, Seattle University and St. Thomas Seminary where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1962. After leaving the seminary, Keith began his career at Boeing where he met his first wife, Roseline Trujillo. After her tragic death in a car accident in 1977, Keith, with the help of friends, cared for his six children who survive him: Letha Mead of Seattle, Carla (Charles) Barokas of Mercer Island, Gloria (Don) Cole of Snoqualmie, Joanna Mead of Seattle, Pamela Mead of Burien and Keith Anthony Mead, Jr. of Federal Way. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. In 1981 Keith married Imelda Aguirre, the principal of his children’s elementary school. He is survived by her and their three children: David, Michael and Caitlin Mead of Bellevue, West Seattle, and Seattle respectively. Keith’s many joys included his Catholic faith, his nine children, music and dancing, reading and discussing politics, and entertaining friends and family. He retired from the Boeing Company in 1995 as a foreign tax administrator whose main responsibility was to work through all issues related to taxes for employees who worked overseas for Boeing. He enjoyed his work in Human Resources, particularly when it involved traveling to Europe and Saudi Arabia and solving complicated tax problems for Boeing employees. Vigil service will be held on July 12 at 7:00 pm and Mass of Christian Burial, July 13 at 12:10 pm at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Washington. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Keith’s name to the Food Connection’s “Fork It Over” campaign or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation:
7:00 pm on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Vigil services
St. Leo's Catholic Parish
Tacoma, WA

Service:
12:10 pm on Friday, July 13, 2012 St. Leo's Catholic Parish
Tacoma, WA

Cemetery:
Mt. View Cemetery in Auburn