Keith Chancy Dockstader, 81, passed away Thursday, Novenber 20, at Portneuf Regional Medical Center.
Keith was born September 29, 1927 in Mink Creek, Idaho, the son of Chancy George and Henrietta Mae Bosworth Dockstader. He attended school in Preston, Idaho and at age 16 came to Pocatello and worked as a Gandy Dancer for Union Pacific Railroad. At age 17 he joined the United States Navy and was a Gunner’s Mate on a baby flattop, the Vella Gulf, during WWII.
When out of the military he obtained his barber license and started working in a shop in Shelley. It was there he met Mary Williams and married her on June 2, 1948. Shelley was their home for over fifty years, except for nine months in Seattle where they both worked for Boeing Aircraft.
Also during his lifetime Keith worked for Fanning Wholesale and owned his own restaurant known as the PDQ or Keith’s Café. He then sold Nu-Tone cleaning products for a time before going to work in 1972 as a car salesman for Ellsworth Dodge/Ron Sayer BMW in Idaho Falls, retiring in 2000. He was well known for his “Doc Deals”. He was Chrysler’s top salesman for many years in the Intermountain West.
After retiring the family home in Shelley was sold and Keith moved to Pocatello to live near his daughter. He spent a year in St. George, Utah and came back to Pocatello last May, living at Cottonwood Cove and enjoyed time playing Pinochle, Bingo, calling Bingo and riding his 3-wheel bike around the area. His greatest love was spending time with his family.
Keith is survived by his wife, Mary, Clinton, Utah, two daughters, Linda (Dana) Christensen, Pocatello, Julie (David) Heaps, Syracuse, UT, one son, Dan (Kim) Dockstader, Afton, WY, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one sister, LaRae (Demar) Merrill, Preston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chancy and Mae, one brother, James Demont, step-father, Earl Davis, 2 step-sisters, Joyce and Delores, 3 sons, Scott, Winn, and Bryan, and 1 granddaughter, Reagan Christensen.
Keith will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 26, at 11 a.m. at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 West Oak in Shelley. The family will receive friends for a viewing from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 93.