Keegan T. Felton

Keegan Felton PhotoKeegan Thomas Felton, the young man with the never-give-up attitude, has passed from this earth.  He was born May 7, 1994, in Twin Falls, Idaho, and died suddenly on Monday, September 25, 2017, while jogging on the indoor track at the University of Idaho Fitness Center.

Keegan entered the world under difficult circumstances.  He and his mother, Brenda, had to fight for their lives following a complicated birth.  Keegan was a determined soul from his first breath to his last.  He faced life with an unequaled ability to overcome any obstacle placed in his path.  His kind and gentle spirit has been an inspiration to his family and those who knew him best.

Keegan spent his childhood years in Buhl.  He loved doing things with his family.  He was always ready to participate in family boating, water skiing, four- wheeling, skiing at Sun Valley, entertaining friends, or helping cook and serve for the Vandal Pig Out.  His school years were spent at Popplewell Elementary, Buhl Middle School, and Buhl High School.  It was in high school that found his passion in life . . . . . . . ACTING.  The Buhl Drama teacher, Mr. B (David Blaszkiewicz), became his teacher, mentor, and friend.  It was through his involvement with other like-minded students and under the caring guidance of Mr. B that Keegan was able to enjoy countless hours of rehearsals, set building, and performances in theatre productions.  He often memorized not only his part in a play, but also all the other cast members’ parts!  The Thespians and other students interested in acting became the center of his teenage world.  He was selected during his Junior year as the recipient of the Triple A award for Activities.  It was an honor that Keegan cherished.

After high school graduation, Keegan applied to the University of Idaho and was selected for the Ravens Program (for students on the autism spectrum).  He flourished in the new learning environment.  He was proud to be taking traditional credited classes along with participating in all aspects of college life.  A presentation he made to the Seagraves Charitable Foundation resulted in a gift of $100,000 to help fund the Ravens Program.  This year he was chosen to begin training to be a mentor to other students in that program.

His highest aspiration was to become a famous actor.  In Moscow, he was chosen for the lead role in a student written and directed movie, “The Wounded.”  The movie won first place in the Keno Film Festival.

Whether Keegan was living on campus or off, he always answered the phone, “Vandal Headquarters!”  He was a loyal Vandal supporter and attended most athletic events.  Tailgating and sitting in the Ad Club Box were two of his favorite activities.  He was very relieved when the Vandals recently won their 6-plus hour game against Southern Alabama and was looking forward to Homecoming.  His Facebook page reflected a young man who made an effort to stay connected with those he loved.  He initiated conversations and could tell any listener the history and statistics of almost any motion picture (past and present).  All of this was done with energy and enthusiasm.  His response to anyone asking how he was doing was always, “I’M GOOD!”  And, he would close the conversation with “GO VANDALS!”  At the end of his life, he was happy with where he was, what he was doing, and the people surrounding him.  He loved his family, his actor friends, his pets, and the University of Idaho.  He will be buried on a hilltop that overlooks his beloved Vandal Nation.

Keegan is survived by his mother and father, Mike and Brenda Felton (Twin Falls); his brother, Cooper (Moscow), his grandparents, Mike and Judy Felton (Buhl) and Norm and Flora Walker (Boise); his Aunts and Uncles, Jeff Walker (Danielle) of Boise, Heather Medland (Kurt) (Herndon, Virginia), Donna Albaitero (Juan) (Woodland, Wa.), and cousins Andrew, Emma, Morgan, Amanda and Mateo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Buhl High School Drama Department or Camp Rainbow Gold.

There will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM Friday, September 29th at the Moscow CemeteryVandal attire is encouraged!

A Celebration of Life is being planned in Buhl and will be announced later.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.

9 Responses to Keegan T. Felton

  1. Kris Slotten says:

    I’ll never forget a night of wine and dancing in your kitchen with Keegan. He was so sweet trying to teach me how to swing dance and talking about his love for acting. However, my fondest memory is watching him slow dance with is mom. The love they had for each other was very evident in that tender moment. I’m so blessed I was able to spend that time with your family and getting to know Keegan. He was a real treasure and tears over his loss will be shed by many.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My fellow class mates and I will never forget how enthusiastic he was when it came time for the high school plays, Keegan was a close friend to many of us and made us laugh and smile everytime he came around. He always worked his hardest and went way beyond his potential in everything he did. I miss the time when he brought in a relative to talk about the Iditarod (sled dog race) long ago in 1st grade with Mrs. Wright. You were a great inspiration for many people and will always be. May your your body rest in peace and your soul continue in our hearts.

  3. Brandon Moore says:

    My fellow class mates and I will never forget how enthusiastic Keegan was when it came time for the High School Plays, he made us laugh and smile everytime he came around. He was a close friend to many of us and worked his hardest and went way beyond his potentiel in everything he did. I miss the time when he brought in a relative to talk to us about the Iditarod (sled dog races) long ago in 1st grade with Mrs. Wright. I saw him everytime I went to Subway to grab lunch before he moved on to a different job and city. He was a great inspiration to many people and always will be. May his body rest in peace and his soul continue in our hearts.

  4. Geianne Blick Choate says:

    Words cannot express how my heart breaks for your family. You are tucked closely in thought and prayer. Keegan was such a vibrant spirit and his memory will live on in so many ways. I will truly miss him at the games and his kind concern , along with his quirky sense of humor. He always made me smile and laugh. He was a jewel. Much love sent!

  5. Linda Morris says:

    I remember the first time I met you Keegan. Your parents, so proud of you, brought you to Bayview Idaho for a day of sailing with me and Jack. You were a bundle of joy for them and you were less than a year old!! You are an amazing young man and had found your passion in acting so early. Plus being an UIdaho Vandal!! While we will always miss that big smile of yours, we will cherish those memories of you and know your great spirit is still here comforting your proud parents. Mike and Brenda–my heartfelt sorrow for you. Peace be with you in the days that follow.

  6. Sue VandeWater says:

    What a precious soul was Keegan. Our sincere sympathy to your family. So many awesome stories about Keegan, he won’t be forgotten. Mike and Brenda, you’ve been wonderful parents, Cooper, a true brother.

  7. Andrea Johnson says:

    Keegan took my ballroom dance class at the U of I and he was truly an amazing human: so full of goodness and love. He always asked me how I was doing and kept me up to date on all the campus happenings. During another semester, he signed up for the class again and said,”Andrea, I had so much fun last time, you couldn’t keep me away!” He truly had a way of making people around him feel better because they got to interact with him. When we had our last class (a party day) he even showed up with pizza for everyone in the class! So kind and thoughtful, and just a good person. I didn’t know he was on the autism spectrum until I read the obituary, but having my own child on the spectrum, my hope for him is that he can grow up to be as good and kind as Keegan was. My prayers go out for your family.

  8. Judith Baxter says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news of your grandson. He must have been a very special young man with a strong determination to live a full life.
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and his family
    Don and Judy Baxter

  9. Steve Reynoldson says:

    Brenda, Mike, Cooper

    We Are so sorry for your loss. Keegan sounds like an amazing young man
    that truly touched all of those he knew. Keegan was very lucky to have You 3
    As parents and a brother as I know he lived a life with great love and full of incredible
    Experiences.
    Steve and Kelly Reynoldson

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