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Keith Albin

March 31, 1950 - April 30, 2014
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Grandpa Keith! Raised in small town Kansas with rock 'n roll records hidden under his bed, Keith Albin joined the hippie movement as a young adult and traveled cross country, in the requisite school bus of course. His older son Jeb was born in 1973 and remembers driving Dad's old, green truck in high school. It had a stylish hole in the floor for watching the road go by and thoroughly cramped his style. Falling in love with Oregon, he found community working for the Springfield Creamery and his older kids remember taking naps under tie dyed parachutes at the Oregon Country Fair and Grateful Dead concerts. His daughter Carissa was born in...
Grandpa Keith!
Raised in small town Kansas with rock 'n roll records hidden under his bed, Keith Albin joined the hippie movement as a young adult and traveled cross country, in the requisite school bus of course. His older son Jeb was born in 1973 and remembers driving Dad's old, green truck in high school. It had a stylish hole in the floor for watching the road go by and thoroughly cramped his style.
Falling in love with Oregon, he found community working for the Springfield Creamery and his older kids remember taking naps under tie dyed parachutes at the Oregon Country Fair and Grateful Dead concerts. His daughter Carissa was born in 1982 and remembers Dad biking her to every playground they could find, always excited when they found a new one. His younger son Paul was born in 1988 and remembers working together to build a pinewood derby car. Paul remembers Dad's excitement in teaching him a bit of woodworking and laughingly remembers losing every race.
He moved on from the Creamery to work at home in graphic design and later web design. His first grandchild Tailer was born in 1998 and he delighted in having a new kid to show the world to. Always eager to learn and teach he returned to school as an "old man" and completed both an Associate's and Bachelor's degree while laughing at himself for being in classes with 18yr olds. Drawn to a career in programming he landed at Mcafee and Loved It. Many awards for his work came his way and again he found community among his Fantastic coworkers. His 2nd and 3rd grandchildren, Madison and Cody were born in 2006 and 2009 and he kept busy always taking them to the park, watching soccer games and teaching them to tend his garden. Appropriately so, his grandkids are worried about who's going to water his plants. Dad was beyond patient, loved to teach and was always excited about something. He was passionate about music, remarking "Music is the most purely abstract form of art we have". He enjoyed playing many instruments and was always listening to jazz. His woodworking ranged from solid, functional craftsmanship to abstract art and his shop was one of his favorite places. In the last 6 months he doubled his clan of grandkids, adding Abe, Wyatt and Solomon. The family joked that he would have to buy new tires for his car to visit everyone each weekend. He will be remembered for his endless enthusiasm, whether it be about his finds at the farmers market, a new project at work or a new art gallery at the coast, there was always something new to explore. He enjoyed his kids and grandkids above all else and will always be "Grandpa Keith".
All are invited to gather with his family and friends on Saturday the 17th of May at 1pm. Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, OR will be hosting the event. 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd
In lieu of flowers Keith's family requests donations to the David Douglas Education Foundation. http://www.ddefforkids.org/

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"I was fortunate to be able to work with Keith for a while. A fine gentle man. I will miss his smile greatly." Andy Pennington (Portland, OR)

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