John “Jack” Edgar Keogh, age 87, died Dec. 16, 2011 at his home in Moab, Utah, with his loving family at his side.
Jack was born in Northville, Mich. on March 8, 1924, the son of Harold James Keogh and Alma Cribbins Keogh; growing up in Wayne, Mich. After graduating from high school in 1942, Jack enlisted in the Army with his brother and both served in the First Battalion, 147th Infantry in the Pacific Theatre.
He was a decorated veteran with many commendations and citations.
After honorable discharge from the Army, Jack returned to Michigan and married Mary Jean Mueth, in 1948. She was by his side for 63 years, until the day he died.
Jack studied at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. and also at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., before re-enlisting in the Army and serving during the Korean War. Later, Jack completed his degree in geology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
In 1953, Jack and Mary moved the family to Moab during the uranium boom. He eventually started his professional land surveying business in Moab.
The family moved to Alaska for two years, 1959-1960, before returning to Moab, where he re-established his land surveying business.
Jack served many years on the Moab City and Grand County planning commissions. He served on the Grand County School Board in the 1960s, and was elected school board president. He enjoyed many years with the Rodeo Committee, and in 1979, Jack was chosen “Citizen of the Year” by the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce.
Upon retirement in 1987, Jack became more active with the American Legion wherein, for more than 20 years, he participated in graveside military services for his fellow veterans. He also generously assisted friends who were in their golden years and needed a helping hand. Jack and Mary enjoyed their retirement years with their family, square dancing, and travel.
Jack was an active parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church, where he and Mary were among its founding members in 1955.
Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; and their eleven children: Kathleen (Craig) Fuhriman, Janie (Don) Tuft, Jim ( Shirley Fredriksen), Tiger (Terry Carlson), Matt (Jan Johnston ), Alice (Ken) Moore, Tim (Alies), Tom (Anita), Ed (Pam), John Paul and Mike. Jack is also survived by a brother, James W.; sisters, Jane K. Broom and Helen “Honey” Holden; as well as 24 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, two infant children, and one grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at 11 a.m., at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Moab. Mass will be followed by graveside services with military honors at Grand Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to Grand County Hospice in memory of Jack Keogh.
A more detailed obituary is available online at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com and condolences may be sent to the family at that website.