Milton McKeever

September 8, 1943 – January 25, 2021 Milton George McKeever (Milt), 77 of Prescott Valley, Arizona, and formerly a long time resident of Wildomar/Lake Elsinore, California after a 3 month struggle in the hospital, it seemed he was on an uphill climb when he got Covid. He passed on a cold and snowy Monday night, January 25, 2021 in hospice care in Prescott Valley, Arizona. His daughter, Starrla Due and Grandson Victor Luna were at his side. Milt was born on North Island in San Diego, California to Milton George Hebert JR and Dorothy Kickbush Hebert, which ended in divorce. Dorothy married Charles (Bud) McKeever. They had two sons and a daughter together. Milt took on the family name of McKeever. Later in life, Milt learned he had 2 half sisters and a half brother born to his biological father and his second wife. A graduate of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, California, Milt also attended various classes at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. Out of high school Milt enlisted in the United States Air Force and served three years. When he returned home, he went to apprenticeship school to be a Sheet-metal Journeyman, a trade he worked at all his working career. Milt married JeAnne Hobbs Jennings in 1965, and adopted her 3 year old daughter Starrla, raising her as his own. In 1967, Milt and JeAnne were blessed with their son, Clayton. Milt always had a project of some sorts going. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he bred, raised, showed, and sold Quarter-horses. Milt derived great pleasure in watching his son compete in the Jr Rodeo Association in the Junior Steers division when he was 7 and 8. Many a Friday night after a week of working Milt would walk in the door, at home, with the words “pack it up”. Done usually within a couple of hours, the family would hit the road, taking off to some remote place by a lake or to Redondo Beach to go ocean fishing. Numerous nights were spent on Ocean Beach Pier fishing as well, fishing way into the night, the kids were put to sleep on the pier. Milt loved motorcycles both working on and riding them. He loved “wheelin and dealin” and could never pass up what he thought was a good deal. He enjoyed going to swap-meets, car shows and gun shows. He had a gift of gab, and though some might call it bullshit, he was never without a story. If you had a story he would top you with another one. In 1988, Milt and JeAnne divorced, but after a time remained in friendly contact with each other. In the last years of his life Milt lived simply and alone. He continued enjoying getting out to swap-meets etc. He would sometimes spend the day at the movie theaters, seeing two or three movies in a day. When local baseball team, The Storm, was in town you could usually find him at the stadium in Lake Elsinore. It was Milt’s wish that he be led out of this world with scriptures from the Bible being read to him. JeAnne’s sister Sandee, was kind enough to call him in hospice. With a phone up to his ear she recited the 23rd Psalms along with a few other comforting scriptures. Milt passed an hour later. Preceded in passing by his brothers Donald and Sandy, Milt is survived by his ex wife JeAnne, his daughter Starrla and his son Clayton and wife Debbie, and by his half sisters Mary, Diana and Marie and half brother James. Milt has nine grandchildren, Boe, Robbey, Brandi, Victor, Nicole, Jonny, Aaron, Gavin, Logan and 10 great grandchildren, Caleb, Maverick, Teddy, Khaos, Ava Jade, Clarity, Amelia, Addie, Bella and Cruz No memorial service has been planned at this time “when someone is in your heart they are never truly gone. They can come back to you even at unlikely times” Mitch Album

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