Christopher M. 'Kit' Keyes

Christopher M. 'Kit' Keyes

Christopher M. “Kit“ Keyes, 68, died Sept. 7, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.

He was born to Marion Keyes and Winifred “Wini” Nolte Keyes on April 8, 1951 in Bellingham, Washington.

The youngest of five children, he grew up in Ketchikan. He graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1969.

“Kit excelled as a student, vocalist and as an athlete,” his family writes. “Kit was best known for his basketball skills in high school, helping lead the Kayhi Kings to four straight Alaska state basketball championships from 1964 to 1967.

Mr. Keyes was an alumnus of Stanford University and McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific.

He married Kathleen MacDonald in 1975 in Ketchikan. They had two daughters, Cassandra and Stephanie.

 Mr. Keyes worked for Ellis Law Offices Inc. before starting his 37-year career with Louisiana Pacific Corp. At the time of his death, he held the position of associate general counsel in Nashville.

“He loved to cook, read books, scuba dive, go to movies and learn about new things every single day of his life,” his family writes. “He had a wonderful sense of humor.”

Mr. Keyes was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Winifred Keyes; in-laws, Mac and Norma MacDonald; wife, Kathleen, MacDonald; brother Marion (Bud); and sister, Stephanie.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Casey of Anchorage, Stephanie of Chicago, Elizabeth of Post Falls, Idaho, Jocelyn of Chicago and Justine of Orange, California; brother, Peter of Oregon; sister, Candace of Oregon, sisters-in-law, Mariann Malone of Anchorage, Janet (John Blunk) Tillman of Aurora, Ilinois; brother-in-law, David (Donna Bea) Tillman of Clarksville, Maryland; and many other relatives and friends from Alaska to Tennessee.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sep. 14, 2019, at Woodmont Christian Church,  3601 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee.

Other plans are being made for a celebration of life in Ketchikan at a later date.

Donations may be made to Duke Health in support of the Lung Transplant Director's Fund at Duke Health Development, ATTN: Sally Schatz, 710 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or online at Donations also may be made to the Nashville Cat Rescue at

Correspondence may be sent to Cassandra Parks, 2201 Cleveland, Unit 1, Anchorage, AK 99517.