9/16/2009 11:08:00 AM Editorial: Many in community will miss Keith Staker
Prescott Valley lost a real community treasure this week when Arizona Hall of Fame veteran Keith Staker gave his last salute and headed home.
It seems our town has been blessed time and again with people like Keith, who tirelessly give of their time and talents to make a difference - in youth, in seniors, in veterans, and in projects to better our quality of life. But when we lose one of these special people, it leaves a void as big as the difference they made during their time with us.
The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame inducted Keith, along with 19 others on Oct. 26, 2008. The inductees are those who, the organization states, "have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow man with deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetimes."
We really couldn't have said it any better. Staker fostered children, worked with 4-H, mentored Scouts, and volunteered at the Bob Stump VA Center and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He was active in local American Legion and VFW posts. And he never asked for recognition.
"You don't really think about doing those things, you just did them and enjoyed doing them. I enjoyed working with youth the most," he told the Tribune last fall.
Keith Staker made a difference in a lot of lives, and many will miss his contributions to our community, and to our lives.