Keith Kinden, 72, passed away on Dec. 31, 2019, in Clark Pampanga, Philippines.
Keith was born in Williston, N.D., to Arthur Kinden and Francis Stoveland on Aug. 8, 1947. He grew up in Watford City, N.D., where he attended primary school and was even taught by his mother alongside his classmates for a few years. Keith joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18 and began working in the woods in Northwest Montana following an honorable discharge in 1968.
In the following years, he acquired his pilot’s license and several certificates from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enabled him to maintain and build aircraft, fly as a charter and contract pilot, and train students to become pilots themselves. Keith’s career in general aviation included time managing wildlife, fighting forest fires, making movies, investigating crashes, building flying machines, and countless other endeavors.
Services will be privately held.