Obituary: Keith Jeffrey Walters
Keith Jeffrey Walters, 62, left his earthly body on May 27, 2011 at 12:30a.m. after a four month long battle with cancer.The great-grandson of C.B. Irwin, the larger-than-life Cheyenne, Wyoming, rancher who is in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Keith grew up strong and athletic in Saratoga, CA and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as a pitcher at the age of 20. He later moved to Lake Tahoe, and played fast-pitch softball for Perrata Excavating and Scott Construction. He was also involved in the family business Walters Construction and Rondo Homes for many years.Splitting his time between Hawaii and Auburn, CA over the past 9 years, he enjoyed skiing, golfing, swimming and body surfing big waves, riding his road bike up and over many summits andamp;#8212; the steeper the better andamp;#8212; and camping in the fall in the Eastern Sierra. He lived his life fearlessly and to the fullest, never passing up an opportunity to travel or try something new like whitewater kayaking, and had many friends in high and low places.His absolute passion and lifelong pursuit was helping others to recover from alcoholism/drug addiction; he used his personal knowledge of the disease and his faith and love for God to lead many people down the path to changed lives. He left in them the desire to seek to know God, to be a better person and to also reach out and try to help others. He started the Y6 Motel, a recovery facility in Kings Beach and continued housing recovering addicts in his home in Hawaii and Auburn.He is greatly missed by his wife Wendy Walters of Auburn, CA; brother Rob Walters of Truckee, CA; sister Diane Stokes; niece Jessie (DeMarcus) Reed; and great-nieces Daysia Reed, Jennifer Hoff and Kylee Stokes, all of Rohnert Park, CA.A celebration of his life will be held at the Tahoe City Golf Course with a round of golf on Saturday July 9th and a BBQ/Pot Luck on Sunday July 10th from 1pm-6pm.For more information andamp;#8212; firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-913-2274You are gone from our sight Keith, but always living in love in our hearts; till we meet again.