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
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