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