Keith Owen, Bullfrog, Utah
Keith Richard Owen was born in Fairfield, California on October 24,1959 and passed away on January 27, 2024, in Bullfrog, Utah at the age of 64. He lived in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Utah.
He is survived by his wife Robin Robinson Owen; daughter, Lindsey Owen; mother, Neona Brand Owen; his five siblings: Jamie (Don) Swafford, David (Kathy) Owen, Randall Owen, Elaine (David) Hill and Greg (Carolyn) Owen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Owen; brother-in-law, Don Swafford; and sister-in-law, Kathy Bruhn Owen.
He left Reedsport, Oregon after school in 1978 to work construction with his father and brothers in Rangely, Colorado. After working in the oil field across Colorado and Utah, he formed a band with a brother and friends in the early 80’s. CC Rider was the first band. He decided that eating and a roof over his head were more important than making music and ended up in Bullfrog in 1984 with everything he owned (including pots, pans, guitar, and luggage) strapped to his motorcycle. He missed making music and left Bullfrog in 1986 to form another band called Ruff Justice. He ended up back in Bullfrog in the late summer of 1987 and never left. He met Robin in spring of ’88 and decided that he had to marry her because she talked enough for both of them. Robin and Keith had Lindsey in the summer of 1990. He worked for the fuel dock and harbor maintenance for Del Webb and Aramark. He was talented at keeping a marina together and floating. He was a tow master and scuba diver as well. In 2009, he started with the National Park Service. He was an electrician; HVAC certified and kept the AC working and the lights on for all.
He was highly intelligent but bored in school, a talented musician that hated to speak and incredibly intuitive mechanically. He loved his guitars, motorcycles, vehicles and tinkering to figure out how it worked. If it had a motor, he could drive it. If it had strings, he could play it. If you broke it, he could fix it. If he wasn’t an expert, he would be after researching and would notify you the next day. His motto was adapt, improvise and overcome. His family and friends were his entire world. He was an avid reader of sci-fi. His favorite Sunday pastime was Nascar naps. Kids and critters were his favorite, adults not so much. He frequently took over his wife’s kitchen with his home brewing experiments. He leaves behind a very well stocked garage that has his wife shaking her head and his daughter laughing.
He requested cremation and no memorial or funeral services so that he could avoid the crowds. Here’s what you gotta do… Raise a glass and sing a song in memory of our family member and friend Better than Nuthin’.
Cremation in the Magleby Mortuary Cremation Center. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com