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Donald Lee Keefer

February 2, 1945 ~ May 28, 2019 (age 74)

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 Dr. Donald L. Keefer, long time resident of Tempe, Arizona passed away on May 28 after a lengthy illness. Don grew up in Canton, Ohio and excelled in academics and athletics at an early age. He proudly managed his rigorous studies and role as a student athlete throughout high school and college. He became a varsity basketball player at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and  graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to earn masters degrees from Stanford and the University of Michigan and then acquired a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.  After gaining years of industrial experience at Gulf Oil and Chevron as a decision analyst, he served as a professor at Arizona State University in the WP Carey School of Business from 1987-2010.  Upon his retirement, he was awarded emeritus status.

Preceding him in death are his parents Earl and Miriam Keefer.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly Keefer; his daughters Amy Keefer (Eddie Hall) and Leslie Morey (Trevor Morey); two grandchildren, Spencer and Blair Morey: and a brother Richard Keefer.  A memorial service will be held to celebrate Don’s life with his family and friends on Monday, June 3 at 2:00 at Tempe First United Methodist Church, 215 E. University Dr. Tempe, Arizona 85281  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Hospice of the Valley or Habitat for Humanity. He was a loving father, husband, brother and friend and will be dearly missed.

Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.

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Memorial Service
June 3, 2019

2:00 PM
Tempe First United Methodist Church
215 E University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

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