Keith V. Akins of Queen Creek passed away February 24, 2023. He was born December 13, 1955 in San Francisco, CA to John and Catherine Akins. He was employed by the Mesa Tribune where he published his political cartoons. Later on he moved on to retail where he was employed by Dillard’s as a buyer and Macy’s as a District Merchant.
The family then moved to Arizona. Keith was a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was in marching band and enjoyed sports such as football, basketball and baseball, as well as the occasional game of golf.
Keith loved to travel to Europe and all over the United States. Relaxation would include a meal at a nice restaurant, along with fine wine, cold beer or a Kettle One Martini. Jeeps were his soft spot, but he was partial to his Jeep Commander.
Eventually, he relocated to Illinois, where he met Cathy and fell in love and married. He then developed a love for the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
Keith and Cathy frequently travelled to Las Vegas and always stayed at the Bellagio, where he patiently tolerated Cathy’s love for the slot machines.
Keith is survived by his wife, Catherine (nee Truty); his three children, Peter (granddaughter, Lily), Christina and Jennifer; his brother, Vincent Akins; and countless friends and relatives who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents. Included in his life were two canine buddies, Barkley and Wallace.
Keith was a very kind, loving, generous and soft spoken man.
My husband Keith – will never be forgotten. You will always be in my heart.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be sent to The Parkinson’s Foundation.
A Celebration of Life dinner will be forthcoming.