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Keith Ware

Keith Ware

Saturday, November 6th, 1926 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Keith Nelson Ware, 92, of Orangeville died on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from causes incident to age. He was born November 6, 1926 in Mutual, Utah to Samuel Guy and Orlinda Nelson Ware. Keith was raised in Orangeville and, after college and 4 years in the Navy, spent the rest of his life there. He married Diane Thomas from Lawrence on March 24, 1947 in Manti. Diane died on May 3, 2016. They had been married for 69 years.

Keith graduated from Central High School in Castle Dale. He served in the Navy during WWII, enlisting at the age of 17. He was stationed on the island of Okinawa near Japan during the war. Keith then went to Utah State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a degree in engineering in 1951. He was among the first organizers of telephone service in Emery County and served as general manager of The Emery County Farmers Union Telephone Association for 39 years until his retirement in 1991. His retirement party was on the day of his 65th birthday, and his 12th grandchild was born on that day, too.

Keith and Diane traveled the country for both business and pleasure. One of their favorite destinations was Hawaii. After retirement they spent countless hours exploring and enjoying the local mountains and deserts. For many years their home-away-from-home was the Little America hotel in Salt Lake City.

Keith was a hard worker, honest, and friendly to everyone he met. He enjoyed spending time with family, working in his yard, reading newspapers, and watching sports – especially the Utah Jazz. His love and concern for his family was a dominant feature of his life. He was a member of the LDS Church and served in various capacities, including the Bishopric.

Keith is survived by his children Stuart (Brenda) of Salt Lake City, Dennis (Tami) of Orangeville, and Jennifer (Jeffrey) Johnson of Orem, 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren (with another one on the way). He was preceded in death by his parents; children Douglas, Leslie and Thomas; and brothers Samuel, Bruce, LaVar, and Rue. He was the last surviving Ware of that generation.

Job well done, Dad! We will love you forever. Now, rest in peace.

Keith was buried in the Orangeville cemetery beside his wife, Diane; and near his three children, his parents and grandparents.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and share a memory of Keith at www.fausettmortuary.com.
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G Killpack

Posted at 11:26am
Regretful to hear about Keith’s passing, though looking back to his accomplishments, it is astounding all he achieved.

There were many who helped start/build what was then; Emery County Farmers Union Telephone Association, Inc. and now; Emery Telcom. Although, no one is more responsible for its initial success and long-term viability than Keith Ware. Keith gave his heart and soul for this Company and it is impossible to convey the business prowess he controlled and the integrity he possessed.

In 1951, Keith’s influence and determination in Washington D.C., secured the 1st loan ever made by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Electrification Administration to a Telephone Cooperative. This loan, this critical first step and so many subsequent steps taken by Keith thereafter, literally built the foundation for the outstanding company, Emery Telcom is today.

Keith was a statesman, businessman, and certainly a gentleman. Through poise and intellect, Keith garnered admiration from company leaders across the country. Those fortunate enough to work with Keith, had nothing but respect for his abilities. Keith always dismissed the credit due himself and happily placed it on all those around him, this too was one of his most endearing qualities.

Godspeed Keith…

G Killpack

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patricia monosso

Posted at 09:58pm
condolences to the family i am so glad i got to know keith he was so very kind to every one and the one best thing i will never for get is he never for got my name and always had a smile on his face i will miss him rest in peace my friend
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larry brown

Posted at 06:49pm
There is much I could say about both Keith and Diane Ware. Being friends with Leslie, I always marveled how loving and doting they were as parents. What I will remember about both of them would be they were such good,decent ,outstanding people........They realy were.
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