Keith Packard

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Keith D. Packard, of Moscow, died Wednesday October 14, 2015 at his home in Moscow. He was 61.

Keith was born in Pocatello, ID on March 28, 1954 to William and Aimee Packard. When Keith was a young boy the family moved to Moscow, where he attended Moscow schools and graduated from Moscow High School in 1973. Immediately following high school, Keith, joined the U.S. Navy and served honorably aboard the U.S.S. Gray for over 2 years. He then attended Lewis-Clark State College and worked towards his Automotive Technician Degree.

Keith worked for the Moscow School District and the University of Idaho for several years, before a debilitating injury left him unable to work. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and camping. Being the Navy man he was, Keith was always learning as much as he could about Naval History and was always ready to share his knowledge.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Michael Packard. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Gail and Lon Gray of Chula Vista, CA, nieces Maureen and Kristine, great nephew Zachary and numerous cousins.

Graveside services for Keith will be held at 1:30p.m. Friday October 23, 2015 at Moscow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in Keith’s honor to the wounded warrior project at

3 Responses to Keith Packard

  1. Norman Shipp says:

    Keith and I served aboard the USS Gray FF1054 (it was first a DE – Destroyer Escort and then refitted to become a Fast Frigate) during 1973 to the end of 1975. First met him in Weapons Department because we were both Gunner’s Mates. Guys on the boat used to refer to us as the ‘Spud boy’s’ because we came from Idaho. We didn’t mind that really, due to being proud of Idaho and told everyone that there was much more to life in northern Idaho, such as enjoying the great outdoors going fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, boating etc. We ate alot of meals together at the mess decks on board and also checked out some really fine dining in Asian ports of call. Went thru some scary times off the coast of Nam and also in the Arabian Sea during the aftermath of the Middle-East War of ’73. Later in ’74 and ’75 the Gray traveled up to Seattle and became drydocked at Todd Shipyards. There were some excellent times spent there too, for some of our crewmembers had apartments in King County that we could stay at. And, we also shared rides with each other back to Moscow and Coeur d’Alene. Keith always wanted to play the Moody Blues during these times in the car. We also hung around at another duty station in Long Beach but that’s a whole other chapter.
    He was quite the character and stopped up here at our place in CDA a few years back and spent the night on the way back East to meet up with someone. It didn’t work out for him but am glad he came home, to a place he really truly loved. ‘Packy’ was a really cool guy once you got to know him and he was always there for you if you needed some help. My wife Cindy enjoyed his company and friendship too. We shall miss him dearly. Thanks for being a comrade in arms and also on the beach. Muster’s and Liberty call will never be the same without you. And from everyone off the USS Gray, we salute you and wish you fair winds and calm seas, brother. At this time, I would like to personally add the thoughts and prayers from the guys you hung around with the most: Roy Wilson/Torpedoman, Kent Leach/Fire Technician and Mike Rush and many more. Hope to see you on the next trip ‘across the brow’. Stormin’ Norman

  2. Keith Gunther says:

    I first got to know Keith in the early grade school years at Lena Whitmore school. Yeah, during recess…it was me and him on the monkey bars playing air guitars to the just out, popular, Beatle music. Later over the years, in the Moscow, Idaho school systems, I saw little of him and did not know much about him. In the past few years, I did find out (as being a
    “friend” on Facebook) of what he presently was more about…proud of the Navy and his service to his country and his beloved, “Rock & Roll,” especially his “beloved” Moody Blues (of which I am also fond of). Good sailing friend!!!

  3. Sue Heick says:

    Dear Gail, Lon and family. Blessings to you as you honor and celebrate Keith’s life. He seemed like a very interesting man and the obituary was very nice. His friends Norman and Keith Gunther has great stories and memories.

    Gail, in addition to sending my condolences, I would like to be sure that I have your and Lon’s contact information…..yes, it is not long until we will be celebrating our 50th Class Reunion! My email is: – There will be several of the local classmates of ’68 who will be organizing (although if you have ideas that you want to add, they are more than welcome). If you are not aware, John O’Driscoll passed away the year before last, so we will be without our Class President. An email with your address would be wonderful. Also, a group of us have been getting together each summer, very informal and spending a few hours catching up. I always let those that I have a email address for know the date and sometimes it works out for folks who live out of town. Sorry to add personal business to the codolences for Keith – I hope that is ok. Sincerely, Sue Heick

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