Keith Orrin Carpenter

1952 – 2013


Keith Orrin Carpenter died February 22, 2013, of a

heart attack, in Angeles City, Philippines. He had moved

to the Philippines in December, 2012, with plans to retire


Keith was born November 19, 1952 in Walla Walla,

Washington to Virgil and Mary Carpenter and raised on

the family farm north of Prescott. He attended Waitsburg

schools, graduating from Waitsburg High School in 1971.

He received an Associate of Arts degree from Walla Walla

Community College in 1973 and a Bachelor of Arts in

Education in 1976 from Eastern Washington University

with a Physical Education major.

Keith taught school in Mabton, White Salmon and

Waitsburg, Washington before beginning a career teaching

overseas. Starting as a teacher on a US Army base in

Wildflecken, Germany, he moved on to teaching through the

International School Service in Mexico City, Mexico; Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia; Istanbul, Turkey and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

While he focused on Physical Education and coaching his

career covered elementary through high school. He retired

in June, 2012.

Keith was a life member of the Elks lodge in White

Salmon and spent his summers in the Walla Walla area,

working in wheat harvest.

Keith never married and is preceded in death by

his parents. He is survived by his sisters and brother in

law, Linda and Don Mercer of Prosser, Washington; Gail

Isaacs of Tacoma, and his brother and sister in law, Neil

and Kathy Carpenter of Waitsburg, Washington. Keith is

also survived by his nieces and nephews, Peter and Jamie

Mercer of Prosser, Alice and Steve Early of Singapore, Liz

and Brad Elliot of Prosser and Rachel Mercer of Prosser,

Chris Carpenter of Portland, Oregon and Nick Carpenter

of Pullman, Washington, plus 8 great nieces and nephews.

No memorial service is planned at this time. Memorial

donations can be made to the Waitsburg High School

Booster Club or Waitsburg School Scholarship Funds.

Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook



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