Longtime area coach, teacher Tim Keeler passes away

Tim Keeler, a longtime teacher and coach with Whittier area high schools, passed away Thursday morning following a short illness.
Keeler coached baseball, football and wrestling, among other sports, at Cal, La Serna and Whittier high schools. He also taught photography and videography and worked in local television for many years.
“He was one of the most caring guys, most unselfish guys I’ve known,” said Cal AD Jim Arnold. “It was never about him. … He would do anything for the kids.”
Keeler often produced highlight videos for student-athletes to send to college recruiters.
“Everybody loved Keeler,” said Cal High wrestling coach Doug Loo, for whom Keeler was an assistant coach. “He was a good guy, a good teacher, a good coach. He had a big heart.”
Loo said he received over 100 texts Thursday from students, former wrestlers and colleagues, all deeply saddened by Keeler’s death.
“He was one of us and a part of our program forever,” Loo said. “He was always looking out for my guys.”
Funeral services will be private, but a public memorial is being planned.
Cal High senior Jared Ibey was a student of Keeler’s, and learned the basics of photography and videography in Keeler’s classes.
“He was an awesome teacher,” Ibey said. “Whenever you had any questions, he would stop whatever he was doing and tell you how to make it better.”

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  • Arthur Uvaas

    What more can be said about Timothy Keeler, that hasn’t already been said.
    I had the pleasure of knowing him for thirty-five years, plus. He loved serving
    the Whittier area community. He reached the apex of his career by earning a
    teaching credential and then being a wonderful; self-effacing; down-to-earth,
    mentor, teacher and coach at California High School. Every kid that had the
    privilege of being coached and taught by him will reap countless blessings for
    the rest of their lives.

    If more educators and coaches were like Tim, this world would be a much better
    place. Your Home-Going to Our Dear Lord came way too soon. Nevertheless,
    we were all blessed in knowing you and for being our great friend.

    Art Uvaas
    Riverside, California

  • Friend of Tim

    The first time I met tim he was directing and I was doing play by play football game for united Artist Cable in 1990’s, he wanted to know where was this fag on the field was because I didn’t say flag, It was my first time calling a game, we both laugh and decided to say penalty marker instead, He loved baseball as he coach La Serna JV team for 12 years before some finally gave he a chance to coach Varsity which he bloom he will be missed