L. KEITH MAUPIN ~ Class of 1947
April 17, 1930 - August 14, 2009
L. Keith Maupin, age 79, passed away August 14th, 2009. He was born in Kansas City, MO on April 17th, 1930. In 1944, he moved to Richland where he attended Columbia High School. After graduating in 1947, he attended Pepperdine College. He worked on the Hanford Project as a lab technician and was then the manager for the Richland Theater.
In 1954, he married his wife, Lora. He stayed in Richland working as a graphic illustrator in the nuclear division for General Electric until 1959, when he was transferred to Los Gatos, CA. He continued working for General Electric until he retired in 1990. He also earned his teaching credential and taught at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. After he retired, he and his wife moved back to Richland.
He is survived by his wife Lora; his three children; Gary (Inez), Karen (Adrian), and Steven (Katie); sister, Donna ('51); brother, Jerry; six grandchildren, Jackie, Ian, Kristie, Kelly, Kari, and Nicole; and five great-grandchildren Nick, Brendon, Noah, Jessica, and Jacob.
His many interests included painting, pottery, bonsai, sailing, playing the guitar, skiing, camping, fishing, traveling, designing jewelry, feeding his fish, and building model trains. While working in the Richland Theater, he designed award-winning displays for movies. He also designed the City of Richland seal that was used until very recently.
While living in Los Gatos, he owned an art gallery where he displayed his many artistic works. Being an avid reader, he was always at the public library. While pursuing his interest in local history he wrote a book entitled, The Bomber, the Bomb, and the Bombers: Myth, History, and Traditions. His book is available in the Richland Public Library. He also had a great love of old movies and music.
He enjoyed helping his granddaughters through many award-winning science projects. Above all, he loved sharing his many passions with his kids and grandkids.
Keith was a gentle, loving, and caring person who focused his life on his family, and especially the love of his life, his wife of fifty-five years, Lora.
Private memorial service will be held.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to The Chaplaincy Hospice or the Richland Public Library.