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 www.hov.org 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.