Funeral services for Keith Alarid will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Rev. John Helbig and H. A. Buster Dobbs officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2007 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Keith Alarid was born on September 8, 1952. He passed from this life on October 26, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Austin, Texas; his sons Chris of Mercerville, New Jersey; Eric and wife Rachel of Magnolia, Texas; and Andy and wife Lauren of Melissa, Texas; his parents Jack and Betty Alarid of Houston, Texas; his brother Kerry and wife Cherry of Spring, Texas; his sister Brenda and husband Eddie Martin of Houston, Texas; his nephew Brandon and wife Rebecca Martin of Maumelle, Arkansas; his grandsons Chase and Tyler Alarid of New York, New York; and his granddaughter Taylor Alarid of Magnolia, Texas.
Keith began his career with Tilson Homes before graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1974. He worked as a construction superintendent for 10 years before coming out of the field to help manage the Job Costing department, where he continued to work for the next 23 years. Over that time, he watched his small department, which consisted mainly of himself grow to a department with 8 employees. Keith received great joy in seeing the increased need for his staff and its resources.
In addition to his professional career, Keith was blessed to serve as an elder for the Longmire Road church of Christ for a little over 8 years. During that time, he was given the privilege to serve along side a number of great men. Additionally, Keith received great joy when given the honor of teaching a bible class. He always emphasized the fact that he got more from preparation than the class received from his presentation.
Some of Keith’s most joyful moments in recent years came from his grandchildren. Although he has been unable to travel to New York in recent months, Chase and Tyler have come to see him. In addition, his granddaughter, Taylor, has come to visit “Mimi” and “Buddy Daddy” on numerous occasions over the recent months.
When asked what one of his greatest accomplishments was, Keith said it was his 34 year marriage to his wife, companion, and best friend, Patty. Their meeting was ironic in that it was on the sidewalks of Tilson Homes. Keith said that from the moment he first laid eyes on her, he knew she was the love of his life. Together, they reared three wonderful sons, who also have proven to be three of his greatest accomplishments.
As a son, husband, father, and friend, Keith will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Tipton Children’s Home, P.O. Box 370, Tipton, OK 73570.