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In Memoriam

Vol. 48, No. 8 [Page 72]

Colorado Lawyer

September, 2019

August, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

John David Keen

June 27, 1972-June 28, 2019

John David Keen was born on June 27, 1972 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He and his twin brother, Aaron, were the only children of their parents, Jim and Anita Keen. John lived the first 18 years of his life in Wyoming, and he took great pride in his heritage. The friends he made in Kemmerer, Powell, and Cheyenne remained a part of his life into adulthood.

John grew up passionate about sports and competition. He started wrestling at age 5, and in 1990, he won the state championship as a heavyweight wrestler at Cheyenne East High School. In addition, John was an all-state football player in high school as a tight end and defensive end. John continued his athletic career at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a four-year letterman in football and the only player in school history to be named all-conference as an offensive and defensive player.

John graduated from Washington University in 1994, and went on to teach and coach at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri for five years. In 2000, John decided to go back to school and pursue a law career, earning his law degree from the University of Missouri in 2002. John was an associate at Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis for six years. In 2008, he moved with his family to the Denver area and joined Gordon & Rees, Scully Mansukhani, LLP as senior counsel. John's career thrived as an employment counselor and litigator, fueling his path to partnership.

John married the love of his life, Carrie Andert, on August 3,2002. The couple enjoyed spending time with friends, taking "sunset walks," and raising their three beautiful daughters. John loved watching/talking sports, gardening, visiting local breweries, and making h is family "Swedish pancakes" while watching College Game Day; but his favorite hobby was watching his girls play sports.

John was truly a great son, husband, father, and friend. Genuine and loyal, he gave of himself freely, putting the needs of others before his own. John got the most out of life by...

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