Keith Joslen
(1936 - 2011)

Keith Joslen

OR, United States of America
February 29, 1936

Gresham, United States of America
March 9, 2011

Golfing, Trail Blazers, Oregon State Beavers and his Grandchildren!
Keith V Joslen
Feb. 29, 1936-March 9,2011

Gresham resident Keith V. Joslen died Wednesday, March 9, of a stroke. He was 75.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 W. Arata Road, Wood Village.

Keith was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Dallas, Ore., to Fred and Elsie Joslen. Keith attended Benson Poly technic High School in Portland before moving to Klamath Falls before his 11th-grade year. He met Jewell Ann Larson at Klamath Union High School, and they were married in 1957.

Keith graduated from Chico State University in 1960 with his bachelor’s degree in secondary industrial arts education. He was a Portland public schoolteacher from 1960-62. He also graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible’s (now Multnomah University) graduate program in 1962. Keith and Jewell joined Arctic Mission Inc. (now InterAct Ministries), a non-denominational mission, and served for 20 years in Alaska.
Their first two years were spent in Tanana, a small village on the Yukon River, where they pastored at the mission’s local church. In 1964, Keith joined Victory High school, a Christian boarding school for Alaska’s indigenous people. Keith taught shop and Bible classes, among others; he also served as an administrator and principal for three years.

Keith and Jewell moved to Oregon in 1982. Keith served as principal at Bible Baptist Christian School in Klamath Falls before moving to Albany, where he was principal of Fairview Mennonite School. He retired from teaching in 1993 and then served part time as director of fellowship ministries at First Baptist Church in Medford, where his wife was the director of women’s ministries.

Keith and Jewell moved to Gresham in 1998 to be closer to family. Keith worked part time for his son and ministered in local nursing homes. He attended his grandchildren’s events. He enjoyed golfing and following the Trail blazers and sports in general. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Klamath Falls area and spending time at the family cabin on Diamond Lake.

Survivors include his wife; children, Gayla Houston of Hilo, Hawaii, Anna Elzinga of Federal Way, Wash., Tim Joslen of Vancouver, Wash., and Elizabeth Marston of Seaside; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grand children.


Welcome to this site and thanks for visiting. The sole purpose of creating this site is to show my father respect and for the many people that want an opportunity to express their love for dad. Please feel free to write thoughts, comments, a special story etc. in any length that you like.

Most people visiting this forum know that there were many things that made him the wonderful and respected man that he was and will continue to be in the minds of those who loved him. I would be grateful for you to help me honor him with words or pictures so his ministry and legacy continues. On behalf of myself, my mother Jewell, my sisters Gayla, Anna and Elizabeth and the entire extended family, Thank you and God bless you.

Tim Joslen

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Just got back from vacation and thought about my daddy a lot while I was there. He loved to lay out in the sun and I know how much he would have enjoyed the resort. Erik has several of Dads old tropical shirts and seeing them brings back memories. Love you Dad
Elizabeth Marston (daughter)
October 6th, 2012
I will always remember Mr. Joslen for his patience when I was a high-school student at Victory High School. I sometimes found my defiant self in his office when he was the Principal. He would listen to my side of the story and amazingly that took the sting out of the after-school chores I was assigned while my friends enjoyed their free time. Thank you, Mr. Joslen.
Polly Hyslop (former student)
September 29th, 2012
Happy Birthday.
Rob Langdon (Friend/Student)
February 29th, 2012
Happy Birthday Daddy. Leap days were always so much fun as we got to celebrate your real birthday. I remember on your last birthday talking about how you and Joslynn would be 19 together. Through the years all the grandkids had so much fun figuring out when they got to be the same age as you! I love you so much Dad, the memories I have and the legacy of love you left are a gift I will always treasure.
Elizabeth Marston (daughter)
February 29th, 2012
Dear Keith, I know you are in heaven in the presence of the Lord but we miss you. Greet Mom and Dad for me and also Jim's Dad. If it had not been for you, he wouldn't be in heaven now. We are so thankful for your diligence in going to see him at 92 or 93 years of age. Love, Jane and Jim
Jane Merhar (friend)
February 29th, 2012
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"Uncle Keith was such a good, kind man hThe last time we spoke he called me on February 8, 2011 to wish me a happy birthday and we had a nice talk. My father, always spoke of him with such softness and love. Good memories."
Tina Joslen
February 29th, 2012
"Mr and mrs Joslen was in our house last Dec'10 we had them for dinner and he was very happy talking stories laughing and enjoying the foods that i cook for them that night. He was a wonderful person my daughter Dhonna is very lucky to know him."
Liza Menino
March 26th, 2011
"Keith's Christian character was one of the most consistent I have ever known. He walked the walk...and you could always count on his integrity, honesty, kindness, thoughtfulness,and ability to listen. He will be missed by all who knew him."
Merrilee Amy
March 22nd, 2011
"Granoa I will always love you, you were the nicest person Ive ever met"
Esther Elzinga
March 17th, 2011
"I have known Tim & familyfor about 18 years. Tim & I worked together with UGA, I was one of his top agents.I have many momories in my life, but one of the fondest was playing golf with Keith and Tim, I will cherish these times. Ron Brandon(friend)"
Ron Brandon
March 16th, 2011
"I loved this man, he was always stable and solid. I thank God for him in my life as a 2nd Dad. (Husband of Anna Joslen)"
Roelof Elzinga
March 14th, 2011

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