Keith K. Kanbe

Keith Katsuto Kanbe passed away on OCtober 19, 2021 in Laramie, Wyoming after a brief illness, surrounded by friends and family.

Keith was born on June 18, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Jennie Hayashida and Haruo Kanbe. He grew up in Hawaii and graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Pyschology. In 1981, he moved to Laramie and began working at the University of Wyoming. In 1990, he earned a Master’s degree in Counseling at UW. He continued working with the university, first in the English Department and then in the Anthropology Department.

Keith was well loved by his family and colleagues for his positive attitude, dedication to work, and his willingness to always help others.

Keith is survived by his two sons; Theo(Kaci) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Nate (Karsten) of Millcreek, Utah; his former wife, Althea Farthing, also of Cheyenne; his mother, Jennie Goya and stepmother, Hiroko Kanbe, both of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Arrangements are currently pending.

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Condolences (6)

  • Sue Woirhaye

    Just heard. Keith will be missed by many, he was a great advocate for students and a great person to work with.

  • Carol Pribyl

    Keith was a wonderful man and outstanding member of UW. He was generous with his time and talent and had a vast array of knowledge from being on campus so long. He was an encourager and supporter of students and staff. My deepest sympathies.

  • John Nutter

    I enjoyed knowing and working with Keith. From his days in Student Educational Opportunity to his work with Anthropology, Keith always had a smile and worked hard helping others. He will be missed, and left us far too soon. I'm glad I had the change to know him and appreciate his many gifts.

  • Jennifer Coast

    Keith was such a great colleague. He was the best at finding solutions with a win for everyone. He will be missed. Blessings to the family, thank you for sharing him with us for all there years. Take Care!

  • Anonymous

    Keith was such a kind man. We worked together in UW's English Department for a number of years before he moved on, and I always enjoyed Keith's patience and generosity with all of us--he was always quick to laugh and keep things light. He spoke often and affectionately of his two sons, Theo and Nate. My sympathies to all--Keith will be missed so much.

  • Sophia Beck

    My heart aches for his family, I worked with him for 30 years. Great human being.


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