Feb. 6, 1942-Sept. 7, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Lifelong Palo Alto resident, Keith Robert Dyer, passed away at home on Sept. 7.
Keith was born in the old Stanford Hospital, now Hoover Pavilion, on Feb. 6, 1942. He was the son of Aubrey A. and Dorothy E. Dyer. At birth, Keith suffered cerebral palsy, which affected the quality of his life.
Undeterred by his handicaps, Keith attended Chandler Tripp School for Crippled Children, David Starr Jordan Junior High School and graduated from Elwood P. Cubberley High School in 1962. Shortly after graduation, Keith began to lose his eyesight and eventually became legally blind.
Keith was an avid sports fan and rooted for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. He loved to listen to the broadcasts of these teams' games. Willie Mays was his all-time favorite athlete.
Keith also liked to sing along with his long-time caregiver while doing exercises. He particularly liked singing hymns, “Amazing Grace” being his favorite.
Despite Keith’s handicaps and poor health, he was able to travel with his devoted parents throughout the United States visiting historical sites, such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home and grave site at Hyde Park, New York, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and President Abraham Lincoln’s home and tomb at Springfield, Illinois.
Those who knew Keith found him to be an individual who was intelligent, with an amazing memory and a keen sense of humor, and who liked to smile and laugh.
In the last few years, Keith was in and out of Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Redwood City, many times. Despite his difficult health struggles, he seldom complained; he was very brave and courageous. Because he was such a good patient, he became a favorite of the staff and he developed a friendship with many.
Keith was predeceased by his father and mother, Aubrey A. Dyer and Dorothy E. Dyer, his aunt and uncle, Marjorie Jones and Paul Jones, and also his cousin Cathy Jones. He is survived by his brother, Jon P. Dyer of Palo Alto and his cousin Sara Jones of Spokane, Washington.
A special thanks to Keith’s longtime caregiver, Ollie, Dr. T.E. Lasman of Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Redwood City, Apria Healthcare of Menlo Park and Home Instead Senior Care of Sunnyvale.
Nobody could have had a better brother. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.