Keith E. Hartwig 1937-2018
Keith E. Hartwig came into the world on December 21, 1937 at the old Yuma Community Hospital and departed his life on October 23, 2018 at Northern Colorado Medical Center. He was the second of three sons born to Walter H and Lena Tyson Hartwig.
Keith attended school in Yuma, graduating from high school in 1955. Following high school, he went to Colorado State College (UNC), graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in 1959. That next Fall he began teaching at Shafter (California) High School where he met and married Shirley Koch. A son, Douglas, was born to this marriage in 1962. The family moved to Sacramento where Keith taught a few more years, then worked in the research department at Sacramento High School.
While living in Sacramento, he spent several summers at the University of Utah where he obtained his Master’s Degree, then attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he received a Doctorate Degree in Educational Research.
Keith moved to Southern California in 1974 and became the Director of Research, Evaluation and Testing for the Huntington Beach Union High School District which was comprised of six high schools.
In 1977 Keith and Merrily Chance were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Keith immediately became father to two more children, Stephanie Anne and Philip (Bob) Schott.
Keith worked in education for several more years before deciding he wanted to pursue something different. He and Merrily decided to go into the printing business. Keith enjoyed printing more than anything else he had done, but as the years went by, technology took over and the printing business became less viable. It was at that time that Keith went back into teaching, this time on a Job Corps site in San Bernardino, California. This job eventually lead to his becoming the director of a charter school on the same Job Corps campus.
In 2005, Keith and Merrily retired and moved to Arkansas, then in 2015, the couple moved back home to Yuma.
After retirement Keith became more serious about his woodworking hobby and he made beautiful wooden dishes, bowls and pens. The couple participated in many craft fairs in California, Arkansas and Colorado. While in Yuma, Keith enjoyed playing cards with the guys and going to coffee most every morning with his friends.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Carl and Jerry, and a brother-in-law, Roger Chance. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, three children, two grandsons, Kyle Straka and Noah Schott, one granddaughter, Kaitlin Straka, a great granddaughter, Stella Straka, and a brother-in-law, Rodney Chance, as well as many cousins. Keith requested no funeral service but there will be a celebration of his life at a later date.