Keith Elliot Barton, former resident of Umatilla, Oregon, slipped away from us on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at a Boise, Idaho hospital. Keith was born November 3, 1944, in Enterprise, Oregon, to Ruth and Greg Barton.
Keith’s early years were spent in Joseph, Oregon, where he attended school, and loved the wonderful outdoor setting provided for fishing and hunting. At the age of 17 he joined the Army and served in Germany.
The family eventually moved to Umatilla, Oregon. After Keith’s honorable discharge from the Army he lived and worked in the Umatilla area and also attended Blue Mountain Community College.
Keith married Gerry Migles and from the marriage a beautiful daughter, Toni, was born.
Keith was a handyman who had a variety of jobs including construction, maintaining bowling alleys, and working for the city of Umatilla. The last several years Keith resided in Caldwell and Boise, Idaho, to be close to family.
His parents, Ruth and Greg, preceded Keith in death. He leaves a daughter Toni, sisters Marilee Moores, Wendy Tunison (Mike) and Gwen Nussbacher (Walt), and brothers Scott (Janis), Tim (Glenda), and Randy Barton.
Keith will be cremated with a private burial at the veterans cemetery in Boise, Idaho. A public celebration of Keith’s life will be announced later in the spring.
The family is grateful for the many friends and employees Keith met and laughed with at Apex Assisted Living Center. The family also wants to thank St. Alphonsus for the professional care he received from the doctors and staff.