Keith Everett Staley, age 100, passed away early morning Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 with his daughter by his side. He was born on Jan. 13, 1913 in Colorado, grew up in Clayton, New Mexico but returned to Colorado to graduate from the Colorado School of Mines.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances E. Staley, and son, George Staley. He is survived by daughters, Cecilia (Cindy) Pfeiffer, Alex Martin; sons, Richard and Douglas Staley and multiple grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was a “man of service”: service to his country serving in WWII Army Corps of Engineers and service to the state of Arizona as a pioneer in the copper mining industry. His copper mining career spanned 40 years starting in 1937 with the opening of Phelps Dodge, Morenci, AZ to 30 years with Magma/Newmont Mining Co. He retired as General Manager of San Manuel copper one – one of the largest copper mines in the world.
Services to his community started with 15 years of teaching lapidary at the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club in Tucson to founding the Sun City Oro Valley Vistoso Silver & Lapidary Club in 1986. He continued to work silver, cut rocks and design jewelry to the end.
He was a mentor, teacher and friend to many and a “remarkable man”.
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