Lawrence Keith Haycock was born February 7, 1946 in Lake County, California to Donald and Minnie Haycock. He is survived by his daughter Katie, and his brothers and sisters: Tom, Georgia, Raymond and Mary. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Keith grew up on a farm outside of Mettler, California. He graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1964, then attended Bakersfield College, Cal Poly, and UC Davis, where he ultimately received a Masters degree in Agriculture. He went on to teach highschool in San Jose before returning to Bakersfield College where he was a Professor in the Agricultural department. He retired after more than 30 years of service to the College, and continued to work on his farm. Keith was a natural born teacher. If you were lucky enough to spend time with him, you know he took every opportunity to share his vast knowledge and broaden minds both inside and outside of the classroom. He was so beloved that many of his students became his lifelong friends. After retiring, Keith was able to focus on one of his lifelong passions. He traveled all over the world, exploring numerous countries and instilling his love of travel into his daughter, Katie. They’ve had many adventures together. He also found joy in going on countless cruises, playing in poker tournaments, fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.
Keith was a proud and devoted father, showing unfailing love and understanding in every possible circumstance. He was a kind, generous man towards everyone that he knew. He was a wonderful storyteller, fiercely loyal, and had the best sense of humor. Keith was immensely loved and will forever be missed.
The funeral will be held on February 15th at 10 am at Greenlawn Southwest with a memorial to follow. Katie is requesting that all who feel obliged bring a letter with a favorite story or memory that you shared with Keith so she can have it as a keepsake.