In Loving Memory of Jeffrey Keyser

JEFF KEYSER (1957-2021)


Jeffrey Keyser was born May 5, 1957 to Chester and Aurelia Keyser in Denver, Colorado.

He spent his childhood years in the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, graduating from Manitou Springs High School in 1975. Jeff attended Pikes Peak Community College to learn the construction trade and he served an apprenticeship with a local cabinetmaker and millworker.

Jeff married Marcelle Renee Smith of Cascade, Colorado on October 8, 1977, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. The couple eventually moved to Salida, and then Buena Vista, Colorado. Jeff started his first woodworking business, and the young couple was blessed with their two wonderful children, Jennifer and Jonathan.

Later, the family moved to Western Colorado, residing in Durango and Bayfield before settling in Montrose, Colorado in the mid-1990s. Jeff worked as a self-employed carpenter, construction manager, and real estate agent. After the children were grown, Jeff and Marcy moved from Montrose to Colorado Springs, and they purchased property in the Perry Park community of Douglas County, Colorado, with intentions to build a future retirement home.

Jeff was a fine and meticulous craftsman. Throughout the years, Jeff applied his God-given talents to a wide variety of projects in Colorado, including Faith Lutheran Church in Buena Vista and Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Pagosa Springs. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, four wheeling, riding a Harley-Davidson, long drives in the beautiful Colorado outdoors and planning his next vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Jeff deeply loved his family.

Jeff was baptized into the Christian faith, and at the time of his death, he was a member of Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his beautiful and faithful wife, Marcy; his beloved children Jen (Gabe) Hergenreter of Colorado Springs and Jon (Emma) Keyser of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren- Lily and Grant Hergenreter and Elleanor, Jack, and Annabelle Keyser; one brother- Bill Keyser; two sisters- Debbie Leljidal and Carolyn Keyser-Brey; godchildren- Sarah Seagroatt, Cierra House, and Rachel Franke; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

Jeff died of renal cancer at home under hospice care on January 24, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Aurelia Keyser, his older brother Mike Keyser, and brothers-in-law Brian Smith, Roland Leljidal, and William Heine.

A funeral service will take place at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, at 10am on Friday, January 29th, followed by a private burial with family members at Bear Cañon Cemetery in Sedalia, Colorado. The family plans to livestream the funeral service on the church’s website ( Memorials may be designated to Family of Christ Lutheran Church and/or mailed in memory of Jeff Keyser to Return to Nature Funeral Home.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” John 11:25 ESV