Keith Barnes (69) of Castleford passed away Monday October 10th 2011 in the beautiful mountains near Fairfield after suffering a heart attack. Keith was born in Rio Tinto, Nevada on March 18, 1942 to Howard and Ida Barnes. The family soon moved to Castleford where they farmed for 30 years until his father's death in 1971.
During his high school years he was active in all sports and held the state title for High Hurdles for many years. He served his country for five years in the Navy on the USS Hancock during the Viet Nam war. In August, 1965 he married Sunni Westbrook, they had a son, Darren and later divorced. In March of 1971 he married Deeanna Bosworth. They had two sons, Randall and Willie. In 1985 they moved to the family farm in Castleford. He and Dee divorced in 1995. In 2006 he was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Judy Graybeal and were married in June of 2007. While their time together was short, it was also blessed with great joy.
Keith loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Road trips around southern Idaho with family and friends always brought a smile to his face. Fishing with Bud Randall and Yogi Swanson was a great pastime. He loved Elk hunting with Mike Mings in the Copper Basin and deer hunting in the South Hills with Melvin Crowley and their families. Keith's occupation and passion was truck driving. He worked for Peterson Trucking for the past twenty-five years mostly in a convoy with John Peterson leading the way.
His greatest joy in recent years has been his grandchildren. He loved them all, ("mine, yours, and ours"), and enjoyed being an important part of their lives. He especially enjoyed giving them rides in the his Rhino, or driving around the farm with Judy. This man that seemed larger than life will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him.
Keith was preceded in death by Howard Barnes (father), Ida Barnes Whitaker (mother) and Deeanna Barnes. He is survived by his wife; Judy of Castleford, sister; Remy(John) Wilcox of Oregon, daughter; Stephani (John) Knutson of Washington, sons; Darren Barnes of California, Randall (Misty) Barnes of Buhl and Willie (Brandi) Barnes of Twin Falls. He is also survived by his step-children; Cynthia Owsley of Buhl, and Judy's children; Steve (Mandy) Marsh and David (Mira) Marsh of Boise and grandchildren; Diana, Robert, Kyler, Emily, Brand, Kari, Kassity, Justin, Rieghly, Taylor, Katie Mikey, Carson, and Jaxon.
The family would like to especially thank Remy for everything she has done in this difficult time.
A memorial service for Keith will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Castleford High School Gymnasium, Castleford, Idaho. Memorial contributions in Keiths name may be made to the Castleford Quidk Response or to the Castleford Baptist Church. To share a memory of Keith or to offer condolences to Keith's family please visit www.whitemortuary.com