Keith (Walker) Charles Celebrezze Jr., 34, of Euclid, OH, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Keflavik, Iceland, Arlington, WA, Monterey Bay, CA, Kapolei, HI, Anacortes, WA, Ooltewah, TN, Waynesville, MO, Clarksville, TN, Nashville, TN, and finally Temple, TX, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on January 12, 2024, just thirteen days after his birthday. His friends and family are profoundly saddened by this startling and devastating loss. Keith was born on December 30, 1989, and made sure everyone knew he was an 80s baby, even though there were only 36 hours left in the decade. To him, it was a point of pride.
Keith is survived by those who loved him most - his wife and soulmate Madeline Celebrezze, mother Angela (Mays) Lapierre and her husband Larry Lapierre, father Keith C. Celebrezze Sr., brother Daniel Celebrezze along with his wife Mackenzie Celebrezze and their future daughter Jessica Celebrezze, grandmother Sondra Mays, and dogs Evie and Crash Celebrezze.
Keith is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank D. Celebrezze Sr., Maryanne Celebrezze, and John Mays.
Many would say Keith was stubborn- and that wasn’t entirely untrue. He could be headstrong, and even borderline relentless when it came to certain tasks- building fires, packing for field exercises, completing at least 50 bar exam questions every day. But more than that, he was steadfast in following through with his decisions. Once Keith’s mind was made up, it was time to strap in and go along with him on the journey.
He used that perseverance and drive when he decided to join the military. By that time, he was a 22-year-old with a degree in cellular biology trying to plan out his future. A navy brat, the idea of joining the military was always in his realm of possible career moves. There was only one thing holding him back. For most, the idea of losing over 100 lbs. would be a daunting, or an anything short of impossible, task. Keith did it in less than a year. To him, that was the easy part. The decision was made, all that was left was execution. This also invigorated in him a love and passion for running and fitness- a passion he maintained until his passing.
When his time in service with the 101st Airborne was over, Keith decided to try his hand at law- a career that was prevalent in his family tree. He jumped in with both feet, and before he knew it, Keith’s life was surrounded by all things law. When he wasn’t using his newly obtained lawyering skills on his wife when they were designating household chores, or finding faulty arguments in every movie or T.V. show he watched, Keith found great comfort in looking toward the future of helping protect “the little guy” from the tough and sometimes unjust world we live in.
Keith found ultimate purpose in being a protector. Justice, fairness, and integrity were the cornerstones of his moral code. Keith being an avid fan of Star Wars found himself quoting the Jedi Code to anyone and everyone who would listen. He believed in it fully.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony. There is no death, there is the Force.
He will always be remembered for the kind heart he shared with his friends and family, his tenacity, his initiative, and his overwhelming desire to protect others. He and his smile will be missed terribly.
A memorial service will be held later in the spring, at a to be determined location. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a small donation in his name to The Invisible Project or to the Gary Sinise Foundation.