Keith M. Davis, aka “Twig”
August 15, 1947 – May 24, 2018
Keith passed away peacefully on May 24, 2018 with his fiance and true love at his side, Carol Mageehon.
“Keith, I miss you so much. You will always be with me in my heart. I will cherish the memories of all the good times and the love we had together. I miss you so, I love you.” Carol
Born in Richland, WA on August 15, 1947 to Roscoe and Elva Davis, Keith liked to race cars at a young age which proved to be in his future when he won drag races at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. Cars and drag racing were in his blood and his winning car was a Grand National. Keith could fix anything mechanically, and enjoyed working on many cars and engines over his lifetime.
Keith had to grow up fast when his first daughter Michelle was born. When he was 18, the family was living in Chicago, Illinois, just scraping by. They moved back to the Tri-Cities soon after and Keith apprenticed to be a welder. Soon to follow were his son Nick and daughter Laura, so Keith worked hard as a pipe fitter/welder in UA LU #26 to support his family in middle class comfort. He worked all over the Puget Sound area, Todd Shipyards, Boeing, Weyerhauser, just to name a few. His nickname “Twig” was made up by some co-workers because he was always skinny. He also worked on the Alaskan Pipeline in 1976-77 for months at a time to keep his family secure and to get ahead.
Soon after his return, the family moved to a new custom built home in Maltby. Keith was very involved in the construction and the whole family worked together to live in this beautiful and modern home. Keith could make anything he wanted to make. For the new home he made a huge freestanding wood stove out of steel that would keep the house warm, which was so important when the power went out for days back then.
Keith was devoted to his kids. Nick and Laura remember him never missing a sporting event they were in, and Michelle remembers an encouraging letter with some much needed cash for art school.
While living in Maltby, Keith took up the hobby of knife making. He started selling them at the Bellevue Art Fair and then his hobby took off into making many different kinds of knives, knife blocks, furniture, garden art, anything he made or welded was always perfect. He was a master knife maker and so artistic, everything he made was art to us.
Keith was the neighborhood pyromaniac when it came to fireworks. He would make his own, then fuse them all together so we could just sit back and watch. He always loved a good pipe bomb, and playing pranks on his friends. It was not surprising to hear that he set off 100s of firecrackers under his friend’s bedroom window or that he dumped a pile of garbage on the friend’s front lawn.
Keith also took great delight in the simple treasures of life, growing vegetable and fruit gardens, fishing, watching a morning sunrise or evening sunset. He loved the wildlife at his new home in Benton City, WA, watching the quail, pheasants, rabbits, hawks and birds of all types. His favorite was the magpie. He had plans to fabricate a small diversion fence with magpies incorporated into the fence. He loved trips through the country side and the ocean.
Keith leaves his sister Sharon and her husband Michael of Amboy, WA; daughter Michelle, her husband Brett, grandson Johnny of Snohomish, WA; son Nick and his wife Amy of Nampa, Idaho; daughter Laura and grandsons Anthony and Nathan of Vancouver, BC.
Keith is deeply missed beyond words by all his family and friends. We wish we could bring you home but it was time for you to begin another journey.
A memorial for Keith is at www.never-gone/memorials/keithmdavis
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