Keith Maynard Hinchcliffe was born November 14, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and passed away on May 30, 2019 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, following a brief illness. Keith was the youngest of three children, born to Maynard and Olive Hinchciiffe (both predeceased). He went to school in Albuquerque and graduated from high school in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Keith moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1972, with his first wife and they later divorced. He was employed on a ranch and then later by the former Kelsey Chevrolet for many years, as a mechanic and service manager. He operated a Mac Tool distributorship for 12 years, but just missed being "part of the repair” so later worked for Ken's Radiator and Diesel and R and M Diesel in Buellton. He "tinkered” at Zaca Creek Golf course after retirement.
Keith met and married Judy (Lewis/Bernard) in 1979. He became father to Judy's nine year old daughter, Sandy, and they lived in Buellton. Keith attended many of Sandy's sporting events in school and was supportive in all her endeavors.
In 1981, he became a charter member of the Santa Ynez Valley Elks. He served as Lodge Esquire, Loyal Knight, Trustee and in 2009-2010 served as Exalted Ruler. His last official role was that of Secretary. During his tenure in the Lodge, he received many awards for Officer of the Year and Outstanding Service Commendations. He served as Safety Chair and Drug Awareness Chair. He was responsible for remodeling the Elks Lodge to its current state.
Keith's hobbies included woodworking (he was continually working on his home), golfing, camping and RVing. Keith taught his grandchildren how to waterski and grandson how to golf.
He was fondly known to them as ”Papo,” One of his greatest pleasures in life was cooking (often dinners with his daughter, Sandy) and barbecuing for a crowd. His philosophy, "the more to cook for, the merrier.” Keith and his wife, Judy, traveled across the states several times in their older RV, which he also restored. He was touted by a friend as “the man who could fix anything,” and he loved a challenge in that regard.
His sense of humor and affable manner will be missed by all who knew him. Keith and his wife were married for 40 years. He passed at Hospice/Serenity House in Santa Barbara, peacefully, with his wife, Judy by his side. He is also survived by his daughter; Sandy Bryant (Bill), grandchildren, Sierra Miller and Alec Bryant of Indiana; his brother David Hinchcliffe (Pam) of Tijeras, New Mexico; sister in law, Jeanne Wafer (Lewis) of Solvang, and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life with a “Caddy Shack” theme will be July 20 at 10:00 a.m. (for those that wish to golf) at Zaca Creek Golf Course in Buellton. At noon, there will be food and at approximately 1:00 pm, we will share stories about Keith and his antics. Please come and bring a story! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Serenity House of Santa Barbara.