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Keith W. Hampson
Keith W. Hampson, 66, passed away March 22, 2020. He was born on March 27, 1953 to Kenneth W. and Carol B. Hampson in Ogden, Utah. Keith graduated from Bonneville High School, class of 1971. He married Vickie Lynn Cline, they later divorced. Keith was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Keith was no ordinary man, he was the definition of exemplary. He loved deeply and cared passionately. Keith loved life and had many adventures that allowed him to embrace his affection for the great outdoors. He was a private pilot (who once flew for Robert Redford), a skydiver and member of the Ogden Sky Knights, completing over 1000 jumps. He jumped at the Ogden Days of ’47 Rodeo, 4th of July celebrations and even splashed down at Pineview Dam.
Keith grew up with two brothers, Craig and Cris, and as Keith once said with a grin, “ Craig got all the cool stuff that I could only borrow, and Mom made me take Cris with me when I went anywhere with my friends”. They were all very close and always there for each other. When little sister Carrie came along, he got such joy from doting on her. With many fun adventures and memories that were made through the years, family vacations and camping became the groundwork for Keith’s affinity for the outdoors. He fished in Alaska, bringing home his delicious rewards of Salmon to share, spent a summer backpacking in Europe, spent countless hours on his boat, and snow skied with the Mount Ogden Ski Club. Keith had quite the collection of motorcycles and spent many warm summer evenings taking long rides through the mountains.
Keith also had a very strong work ethic that he learned from his father, thus leading to his 30 years of dedicated service at HAFB where he was employed as an Aircraft Mechanic and Mediator for the AFGE Union. He retired July 3, 2008. Keith always went out of his way for his neighbors, friends, or anyone else who needed help. Keith took on a heroic task when he raised three girls as his own, Sarah Saint John, Cortney (Ric) Ramos, and Kimberly (Kelley) Dohse. He loved them and in turn fell in love with their kids. Keith’s oldest grandson, Camren, who is a Staff Sargent in the United States Army said, “ I would not be the man I am today without Grandpa Keith”. Keith was so very proud of him. Keith absolutely swooned over his grandkids and they each had a significant place in his heart. They are; Camren (Kymbrie) Arnold, Alyssa Arnold (who will welcome Keith’s first great-granddaughter in July), Ella Widdison, Oliver Widdison, Ricky Ramos, John Ramos, Alaina Ramos, Matthew Ramos, Eliseo Ramos, Lauren Ramos, Aaron Ramos, Gabby (Chandler) Bower, Savannah Dohse, Mckenna Dohse, Tyler Barton, Brady Barton, Dillon Barton and a special bond with Trevor Widdison and his children, Brooklyn and Tarik. Keith was perfectly devoted to his family and leaves behind a remarkable legacy.
He is survived by his sister Carrie Hampson Gresham, brother Craig (Linda) Hampson, brother Cris (Jean) Hampson, his girls Sarah, Cortney, and Kimberly, his grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that were truly family in his heart. Love the people God gave you because He will need them back one day.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth W. and Carole Bender Hampson, grandparents Ensil and Cleo Jones Hampson, and Arthur Grover and Diantha Glines Bender.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
“Every sad day is a wasted day” – Keith Hampson
Interment at: Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park
Once upon a time three friends flew airplanes together, taught skydiving and traveled to Mexico. Now there is only one earthbound. A sad farewell to my long time friend and flying partner Keith Hampson. I always smile as I pass the old sand runway in San Felipe....Who else would let skydivers out over downtown and then land in that wash, lol. You were sure the flashing lights on the police car meant a trip to the hoosegow ..but wait! They asked you to go again! Thanks for making every flight an adventure. Always in my heart as you continue your journey. Fly high sweet prince, see you on the other side.
Patti Haynes Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM
I love you to the heavens and beyond Uncle Keith. I can only hope I make you proud to call me your nephew. Rest in power Unk. I can't wait to see you again
Joshua Morris Mar 28 2020 12:00 AM
I remember hanging out with Kieth and Lee Bennett back in the day, I was quite young 14-15 yrs old, I got to go for a ride in the jump plane ( twin beach ). I remember Once we got to 10,000 AGL, KEITH cut the engines the jumpers bailed out , Keith took us into a dive to follow the skydivers and CRANKED UP CCR on the stereo!! It was like something out of Hollywood!! He was larger then life to me!!
GARY Haynes Mar 28 2020 12:00 AM