David O’Keeffe ’53 was born in San Jose on Aug. 29, 1931, to John O’Keeffe and Lou (Helmerson) O’Keeffe. After graduating from SCU he joined the Army and became a lieutenant during the Korean War. Following the service he worked for IBM for 33 years and retired in 1989 as director of policy marketing. He continued to share his talents as a consultant for O’Keeffe & Associates. Dave was a born leader, actively involved in numerous civic and church groups, primarily at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs. He supported dozens of charitable organizations and was a key support to Bishop Sheridan of Colorado Springs. He enjoyed all sports, excelling in basketball, but could never master golf! Dave and Janelle traveled all over the world and made numerous trips to Ireland, where he forged strong relationships with his relatives in County Cork. A lifetime highlight was flying out the family for a whirlwind tour of Ireland on a chartered bus. Dave was a devout Catholic—totally devoted to his family and church community. He was profoundly interested in the lives of everyone he met. Dave died on Aug. 8, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Janelle O’Keeffe and five children: David Jr. (Lindy), John (Kathy) Karen (Peter), Jennifer O’Keeffe ’82, and Tim (Renae). He was blessed to have 11 grandchildren and one-great grandchild.

08 Nov 2018