Keith Matthew Malinao

Keith Matthew Malinao

Keith Matthew Malinao, 20, died in the loving embrace of his
family Thursday. March 3, 2005, at Saint Louise Hospital.
Keith Matthew Malinao, 20, died in the loving embrace of his family Thursday. March 3, 2005, at Saint Louise Hospital.

Mr. Malinao was a Special Education student at Gilroy High School, under the tutelage and care of Juanna Kaanapu, Tracy Kester and Helen Litwiler.

Despite the physical and mental disabilities he suffered, he had many interests and hobbies. He loved bowling at Gilroy Bowl while visiting with his friends Al Rozal and Joyce Milla. Mr. Malinao also competed in the Special Olympics, and won a medal as a sprinter.

He was an accomplished video game aficionado. His happy demeanor and constant smile made him an immediate friend to all he met.

His interests included aircraft, and his favorite part of the family’s yearly trips to Disneyland was the plane ride to the park. His bags were often packed for the limo ride to the airport weeks in advance. He was also delighted recently when surprised with a guest ride in the CALSTAR helicopter.

Mr. Malinao’s favorite organization was the Gilroy Fire Department. Through the good offices of the firefighters at Las Animas Station, he often toured the premises, and was allowed to sit in the engines. On one memorable occasion, he helped the firefighters wash the engine with a fire hose. He was also quite proud of his ride on Gilroy Engine 61 as the guest of Fire Chief Jeff Clet in a recent Memorial Day parade.

He is survived by parents Michael and Lisbeth; sister, Desiree; brother, Michael Jr.; and his uncle, Paul Tuske, Jr. of New York. He was the nephew by choice of Bob Dillon, Phyllis Armenta, Bernie Epolite, and Tommy Tucker, and Godson of Carl Epolite, Michael Sanchez and Julia Gorman.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 7pm, Thursday, March 10, 2005, with a 7pm vigil at Habing’s Family Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Habing’s Friday, March 11, 2005, at 10am, with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery immediately thereafter.

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics or The Lord’s Table.

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