Keith Allen Carri
Keith Allen Carri
Keith Allen Carri, 67, peacefully passed from his earthly life surrounded by loving family on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at home. For the past 11 months, he bravely fought MDS, bone marrow cancer.
Keith was born on June 21, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas to Emilio and Charlene (Wilson) Carri. In 1983 on a beautiful snowy Valentine's Day, he married Colleen Clark Freeman in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. They raised two loving sons, David and Lance, residing in Fort Worth, Texas for many years before moving to Gainesville, Texas in 2009.
In both his personal and business life, Keith was a charming and gentle soul and a much beloved man who touched everyone he knew in a positive manner. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and a true statue of compassion.
Keith began his 34 year career with American Airlines in 1973 and was a highly respected supervisor and manager in Tour Reservations and Interactive Marketing. In 2007, American Airlines honored him with a plaque installed on a Boeing aircraft.
Keith and Colleen vacationed extensively with their growing sons, visiting National parks around the U.S. He taught the boys how to water-ski, snow-ski, how to work on cars, and tackle home projects. Tractor hay rides and campouts created life-long memories for dozens of children and their parents.
The pace of travel did not slow down after his stroke in 2012. He and Colleen enjoyed two memorable road trips through the U.S and Canada. They enjoyed two trips with their grown children to Hawaii. In 2017, they spent seven weeks in Europe and never missed a train. Memories of several trips to the mountains of Colorado with all the family, his brother and sister and their families these past few years were very special to Keith, especially the epic "42" games, jeep rides, and campfires.
Since moving to Cooke County, Keith was active in the Mountain Springs Community, serving as treasurer for 8 years. The past several years, he developed a passion for genealogy research. In 2017, he visited the Italian village of Piverone, where his paternal grandmother was born and raised. He loved music and was an avid collector of many artists, especially Jethro Tull memorabilia, attending many concerts through the years. On our birthday mornings, we were awakened to the Beatles song, "They Say it's your Birthday".
Keith's family always came first, steadfast with his devotion and support. He was a doting husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle, and treasured friend to many. His beautiful life will forever be cherished by his wife, Colleen, children, David and Kathryn Freeman, Lance and Brittany Carri, and precious granddaughters, Dana Freeman and Madeline Carri. Keith is also survived by his dear mother, Charlene Wilson Carri, brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Carri, and sister and brother-in-law, Toni and Steve Aikin. He leaves behind many adoring nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Emilio Carri and father and mother in-law, Doug and Juanita Clark.
We are very grateful to Carter Blood Care and the doctors and nurses at Dallas Medical City Hospital, and especially thankful for the love and support of our families and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the Monroe Pearson Venue at 2:30pm. The address is 421 E. Oak St, Denton, Texas. Hollis Parsons and Greg Wilson will preside over the service.
Following Keith's wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Carter Blood Care ( or plant a tree in his memory.
You may sign the online register at
Published on October 3, 2019


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Sue Hickey
Oct 12, 2019
Keith was my manager at American Airlines for a few years and I have to say he was my favorite one out of the many I've had during my 24 year career. His soft spoken demeanor, as well as his caring nature to ALL his employees was something that is a gift and he had many special gifts. He will be missed by not only his family, but by so many whose lives were changed because of his spirit. We love you Keith!
Ann Carri Lesmerises
Oct 05, 2019
I am so sad to hear of the loss of my Cousin, Keith. We only saw each other occasionally as my family was raised in NH. It was always such an amazing time when Keith and his Family came to NH to see us. The bond of Family is never broken no matter how far apart you live. Rest I Peace, my Dear Cousin Keith.

I am sending hugs and prayers to all of you. Sincerely,

Ann Carri Lesmerises
Miles & Carolyn Clark
Oct 05, 2019
Our heart goes with you, Keith. Your kindness, sense of humor, and enjoyment of life are inspirations to us all. Our loving condolences to you, Colleen, all your family.
Susan Nelson
Oct 05, 2019
Keith was a beautiful, gentle soul. I will miss his beautiful smile and kind words. I send my prayers and love to Colleen and family.
Patti Gregory
Oct 05, 2019
Keith was my neighbor from 1980 until 1997. Even before there was Colleen. As families we enjoyed, block parties, camping, New Years Eve parties and just hanging out together. Keith was a terrific neighbor, a listening ear, a great friend, dad and father and just a wonderful man. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Colleen, Lance and David, as well as the rest of the family. Rest in peace Keith
Shawn Gresham
Oct 05, 2019
Keith was my Supervisor from 1988-1990. That was back in the Fly AAway days. He was a mentor and such an encourager. I’m fortunate to have had him as my manager. This sweet man will be missed. Praying for your family, asking God to comfort you.
Sandra Dalhie Goyer
Oct 05, 2019
Dear friends and far away family, please accept my deepest condolences. Keith was one of the most beautiful late surprise in my life. I was touched in a very profond way when I met all of you. And adding Keith to my life is a treasured memory. I will remember him forever.
Johnny Wilson
Oct 04, 2019
What a wonderful and deserving obituary. I remember him as a great kid with a Greater smile!
My sincere condolences to the family and friends.....
Ralph & Linda Rain chasin
Oct 04, 2019
Colleen & Family. We are so sad to know we have lost Keith. He was always such a kind man. You are all in our prayers during difficult time.
Byrd Williams
Oct 04, 2019
Fine person
Ron Bond
Oct 04, 2019
I can still remember the laughs we had over the years on the old "B" side of the SRO while we monitored calls in out tight quarters. I do not think there was a time that we ever worked that we did not get one laugh out of each other.

Rest my friend knowing the large number of lives you touched your time here. God Bless, Ron
Brandy Chandler
Oct 04, 2019
Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Keith was a sweet and wonderful man. Much love to you Ms Colleen.
Judy Stockstill
Oct 03, 2019
It was such a pleasure knowing and working with Keith through the years. He greeted everyone with a smile and we all considered him to be a special friend at AA. Special prayers are sent your way, Colleen. Keith was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him.