August 20, 2006
Keith Stewart was tragically taken from us on Aug. 16, 2006 while enjoying the company of his many friends at Truckee River Regional Park. Keith was born at Tahoe Forest Hospital on Nov. 7, 1986 and passed away after a valiant struggle en route to the same hospital the night of August 16, 2006 ” born here and died here.-
This was Keith’s home and he was fortunate to have earned the friendships and respect of his many friends here. Keith made his way through the TTUSD, starting with Truckee elementary (thanks Mrs. Valle, you did a good job). Keith independently received his high school diploma from Forest Charter School in 2005, thanks Laura he truly was laid back but powerful.
Keith was able to spend six months in Hawaii when he was very young and this exposure to a different culture was the foundation for his ability to make friendships that apparently have lasted throughout his short life. Keith independently decided that the traditional school system was not for him so he took the initiative to get his diploma from Forest Charter School. His ability to make friends and his initiative coupled with his leadership skills and free spirit were the traits that he was best known for and how he will be missed.
In this community Keith had many role models that influenced his life in a positive way, from his coaches at the Auburn Ski Club to Truckee’s very own “skateboard man,” it is these role models that make up the fabric of our community and make this town a place Keith loved calling home.
Keith’s favorite activities were disc golf, skiing, surfing, traveling, just hanging with his friends and he loved to cook. Keith was looking forward to enlisting in the U.S. Army on Aug. 25 of this year, fulfilling his term of service and then coming home to Truckee. For those of you who knew Keith, always remember his beautiful smile and his independent spirit. -Keith was a loving son to Lance Skupen and Christine Stewart, a devoted brother to Paul and Christopher. The family would like to say thank you for the tremendous amount of support received from Keith’s friends and this community. Anyone who desires to donate may do so at any Bank of the West, account name “For the benefit of Keith Stewart.” Good bye son, happy surfing.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of life, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, 11 a.m. at the home of Lance Skupen, 10100 Frates Lane, Truckee. For more information please call Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, 530-587-4342.