Keith Leonard Rasmussen
May 8, 1960 – Mar. 15, 2019
Keith Leonard Rasmussen, 58 of Fresno, California and formerly of Minot and Rugby in North Dakota died on March 15, 2019 in his home while preparing to go to Yosemite with his family for the weekend.
He was born in Rugby, ND on May 8th, 1960 to Gordon and Mavis L. (Larson) Rasmussen. He attended Rugby Schools until 1976 when the family moved to Minot, ND. He graduated from Magic City Campus in Minot in May of 1978. He moved to California that year where he met his wife Darla (Quick) Rasmussen. Darla was born and raised in California. They were married in Austin, Texas, on a yacht and had a marina reception. They moved to Fresno, CA and were blessed with one child, their son Grant. Keith then returned to school and graduated from Phillips Junior College with a Computer Science degree in 1992. He then attended the University of Fresno in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Keith was the Operations Manager of two wineries, for many years, until he became ill in 2017 with degenerative nerve disease. His grandson, Rexx Riley, age 5, was his pride and joy. Keith made a fantastic play area for Rexx, on one- half of his beautifully manicured back yard, much of this he built himself. Keith’s relaxation was at the ranch his wife’s family had owned for seven generations. Keith and Darla loved to travel, taking several cruises and trips to North Dakota to see family, the Bahamas, Mexico and Alaska. Fishing was Keith’s favorite pastime, which he enjoyed so much with his dad and brothers. Keith also enjoyed time spent writing.
He is survived by his wife Darla, grandson Rexx, son Grant (Cassie) and daughter Charlie, his parents Gordon and Mavis Rasmussen of Minot. His siblings include Jim (Laurie) of Minot, Lori Squitieri of North Carolina and brother Gary (Dawn) of Minot, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, his mother- in-law Darlene, brother- in-law Eric and family of California.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Chris and Dagmar Rasmussen, Leonard and Marguerite Larson, his father- in- law Gary and uncle Douglas Keith Larson.
Keith will be buried on the Quick Family Ranch in California, where they have their own family cemetery. In the summer, there will be a private service held at Rosehill Cemetery with Keith’s uncle, Duane Larson, officiating and a dinner with friends and family to follow. Keith will forever be missed and loved.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.
(Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot and Tulip Cremation – Fresno)
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