KEITH FRANCIS NACCARATO
February 11, 1948 – June 3, 2018
He was born Feb. 11, 1948, to father Frank T. Naccarato (1920-1989), and
mother Lucile Helen LeBert Naccarato (1921-2010) at
Newport Community Hospital in Newport, WA. Keith joined two older brothers,
Jerry Naccarato and Lee Naccarato at the family home in Priest River, ID. Ray Naccarato, Rita Naccarato,
Jyll Naccarato, Curt Naccarato and Lori Naccarato came after. Keith lived his entire childhood in Priest River with his 7
siblings and attended school in Priest River until High School Graduation in 1966.
It was in High School where Keith met his lifelong friends, John Low, Ernie
Belwood, Terry Bombino, and Delbert Linton. These five were inseparable and
they formed a bond that could not be broken and has lasted their entire lives.
Keith graduated from high school in June 1966 and was drafted into the United States Army on Feb. 15, 1967. He spent 10 months in training in Fort Carson, Colo., and St. Louis, Mo., before being deployed to the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
During his service in Vietnam, Keith volunteered as
In the late-’70s, Keith moved to Chattory, WA., to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a cowboy. His mother told numerous stories about Keith, as a child, wearing out the arms of her sofa while riding them like a horse, while he was watching westerns on TV. In the early ’80s, Keith retired from Caterpillar and went to college in Montana to become a farrier (blacksmith).
In May of 1976 Keith married the lovely Heather J Chamberlain Naccarato
On April 23, 1985, Keith’s son Antonio (T.C.) was born. The two became inseparable. Keith passed on his love of horses to T.C. and T.C. began competing in rodeos at age 3. Keith was with him at every competition and then Keith began team roping. Over the years the two of them have brought home hundreds of belt buckles, saddles and cash prizes. The two had already paid their entry fees to team rope together at World Series Team Roping in Las Vegas, Nev., in December of this year. Keith was very proud of this.
Heather and Keith separated for good with their divorce in March of 2000. The one thing they never stopped sharing was their love of their son T.C.
On Feb. 21, 2006, Keith’s granddaughter, Jolena was born. Keith and T.C. passed on the love of horses and rodeoing to Jolena. She has been competing since she was 3 years old and has won many barrel races and is now beginning to team rope. It looks like she will be following in her dad’s and grandpa’s footsteps.
Keith Francis Naccarato died on June 3, 2018 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. Keith’s funeral was held on July 7, 2018, at the old school house at the Italian Settlement, in Priest River. His final A.O. is in Evergreen Cemetery, Benton City, WA.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!