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Remembering Keith: (aka "Papo", "Doc")

Dr. David “Keith” (Doc) Sutton, 88, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away at home on Thursday, September 5, 2013 surrounded by family. 

Keith was born in Geneva, Nebraska on March 22, 1925 to Frank and Bina Sutton. In his early life he worked with his father, an electrical contractor and, at the age of 16, supervised contracts in Nebraska, Iowa and New Mexico. He served in the Navy Air Corp during WWII and flying became a lifelong passion. After military service, Keith returned to school, completing his medical degree at the University of Nebraska. 

Dr. Keith Sutton practiced medicine as a family physician and surgeon for 35 years in Loveland, Colorado. In 1976, he accepted the role as the first Chief of Staff at the newly constructed McKee Medical Center.  Following his retirement as a physician in 1985, he spent 15 years with his wife Angie, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, returning to Colorado in 2001.

Keith had a wonderful zest for life and over the years he filled it with tennis, travel, reading, water skiing, snow skiing, the arts and various home improvement projects.  He was a world-class water skier and broke the world record for jumping in 1963.  He volunteered his time using his medical expertise over the years with the ski patrol, and medical missions in Guatemala and several Indian Reservations in New Mexico. He even tried acting on one occasion, playing Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond at the Loveland Community Theater.  There was hardly a challenge or a problem that he couldn’t fix or overcome.

During the past twelve years, since returning to Colorado, Keith (Papo) renewed the loving relationships with family and friends. We have all been grateful for this opportunity.  One of his most cherished friends was his dog, Amiga; and through her, a close knit “family” from the Fossil Creek Dog Park.  Thank you all for the love and caring you gave “Doc.”

Keith is survived by his six children, David Keith Sutton II (De Dahlgren) of Fort Collins; Shari Sutton of Albuquerque, NM; Bruce Sutton (Suna) of Loveland; Lonnie Sue Sutton of Englewood, CO; Niki Daubach (Jeff) of Omaha, NE; Paul Sutton (Kellee) of Marysville, WA.  Also surviving are his eleven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two great-great grandsons; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Angie; his friend and former wife, Gloria Green; his mother, father, sister and brother.

The celebration of Keith’s life will be held for family and friends in the summer of 2014.  If you would like to share a story or a memory or leave your wishes for the friends and family of Keith Sutton, please do so here.