Went home to be with his heavenly father on June 7, 2019, at the age of 68. He was born in San Francisco, at the Children’s Hospital. Son of Gottfried and Harriett Krull of San Francisco where his father was a Naval Transport Deck Officer.
Raised in San Francisco, he graduated high school. He learned to play piano at an early age from his mother and was introduced to playing wind instruments by his father. His true appreciation for music began while he was in the high school band. At the age of 18 he enlisted as a clarinet player in the 36th Army Band, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and was honorably discharged after three years of service.
Keith went on to play professionally in Las Vegas and other high-profile bands as he studied music and took lessons from well-known music instructors. Keith continued his education and received a bachelor of science and bachelor of music education from the University of Nevada. He also earned his master of arts in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a lifelong California Public School Teaching Credential.
Keith taught in Baker, Barstow, Apple Valley and was a band leader in San Francisco. He retired from the school system and moved to Crescent City where he continued as a substitute teacher in Crescent City and occasionally assisted the high school band in Brookings, Oregon. Keith played with the Tsunami Swing Band and Curry-Del Norte Orchestra. He then started his own band, the “Dixieland Rangers,” and put his heart and soul into this band, which he considered as part of his family. He was a devout, talented musician and would play for any non-profit event in town as requested. Keith wanted to share the joy of music with the community. He played solo with his saxophones and clarinet and as a talented musician in his own band.
Keith was a member and volunteered with the Lions Club, Del Norte Amateur Radio Club, Chetco Grange and Masons. He was known for his thoughtfulness with others, positive iterations with his students, and commitment to improving the music experience for everyone.
Along with being an amazing musician, he was also an incredible father and grandfather. He is survived by his daughter, Georgiane, her husband Patrick Arena; and three grandchildren, Lillian, Charlotte and Harper.
Keith really loved baseball games and loved to go with his daughter. It was one of their favorite pastimes to do together. He also loved his grandchildren with all his heart. He was particularly invested in their education and he enjoyed helping them learn while visiting them in the Sacramento area. They loved “Papa Keith” and looked forward to him visiting during the holidays and their birthdays. Their favorite activity with Papa Keith was their annual trip to the High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill, where they loved to eat fresh apple donuts and apple pies.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, June 15, at noon at the VFW Hall, 810 H St., Crescent City. Bring food and refreshments for the pot luck if you can.
— Submitted by Family #7102532lJF0615