Keith Preston Red Bird

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Keith Preston Red Bird was born in Eagle Butte, S.D. on October 9, 1969, to the late Paul Robert Red Bird and Audrey Lois Blue Coat. Keith spent his younger years in the Dupree area and was especially close to his Grandma Annie Red Bird and his Auntie Minerva Little Elk, with whom he lived for much of his childhood.  He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Welding and Carpentry Programs at Anaconda Job Corps, Anaconda, M.T.  While at Anaconda Job Corps, he received numerous “Carpentry of the Month” awards.  He also played on the basketball and softball teams and was on the fire crew at Anaconda. After graduation from Job Corps, Keith went to work as a welder in Fargo, N.D. He received his CDL endorsement from College of Eastern Utah, Price, U.T, in March 1999.  Keith worked in numerous occupations throughout his life including welder, carpenter, heavy equipment operator, and truck driver.  He also received certified training in hazardous waste, asbestos, and radioactive materials removal.  This specialized training allowed Keith the opportunity to travel nationwide working on various hazardous emergency response teams.  Keith was even called to Washington D.C. shortly after the 9/11 attack to work on cleaning up anthrax contamination in several federal buildings.  At the time of his death, Keith was working in the Denver, Colorado area in the construction trade. Keith married Teresa Grant, of Montezuma Creek, U.T., on May 10, 1997. To this union, two children were born – Ocianna Sirene Red Bird and Wastje Kohla Red Bird.  In 2004, Keith and Teresa became certified as foster parents, and during the next year they fostered 7 children. Prior to his marriage to Teresa, Keith became the proud father of two other children, Lucinda and Shalene, who brought him much pride and happiness.   Keith loved to laugh and joke with his friends and family and his smile will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Teresa Red Bird of Montezuma Creek, UT; daughters, Lucinda Erin Rose Red Bird, Shalene L. Red Bird; Ocianna Sirene Red Bird; son, Wastje Kohla Red Bird; five grandchildren; sisters, Paula Jo Red Bird and Jean Red Bird; and brothers, Eric Red Bird, Sr. and Jared LaBlanc, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Keith was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

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