Ken hailed from Cornwall and joined the Royal Marines at a young age. He served in many places with the Royal Marine Band.
Ken has been married to Maureen for over 60 years and she has cared for him over the last couple of years with unstinting devotion. He was a proud Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. His first priority was always love for his family.
They ran various business together including in hospitality, a Newsagency and Brixhams Own Youth Training Scheme the latter preparing many youngsters in Brixham for a career.
Ken was very involved in sport playing cricket for many years and as a Rugby Referee where he was Secretary of the Devon Referees Society.
In masonry, he was initiated in the Hauley Lodge No.797 and became Master in 1989 and was promoted to P.G.St.B. in 2004.
His activities in the Mark Degree are well known having been advanced in to The Dartmouth Mark Lodge No.737 in 1976 and served as Master in 1983 and as Lodge Secretary for many years. He was appointed as Prov.G.I.G. in 1986, P.Pr.G.Reg in1987 and then as Prov.G.Sec. in 1993.
He was appointed as Grand Steward in 1993 and promoted to P.G.J.D. 1998, P.G.S.O. in 2003 and finally the great honour to him and the Province to P.G.J.W. in 2011.
In the Royal Ark Mariners he was elevated into True Love and Unity No.1159 in 1978 and served as Commander in 1993 and received R.A.M.G.R. in 1996.
His reputation as Provincial Mark Secretary in Devonshire was earned by all the effort and organisation that he put in to the office and for his love of the Mark Degree in Devonshire. He demanded high standards and this was reflected in his preparation for all meetings especially the Annual Meeting at the University of Exeter, many of which are seared in to the memories of Mark Men in Devonshire and from other Provinces. In all he served as Provincial Grand Secretary for 20 unsullied years. His organisation of the 2007 sesqui -centenary celebration was of the highest order including an appearance by the Royal Marine Band, the Pro Grand Master was also in attendance.
We have lost a very important Mark Master Mason but his legacy lives on as many of us have been mentored by him as we try to maintain the standards that Ken Keast set.
To me he was a client, a family friend and a mentor and it is to him that I owe my present rank as your Provincial Grand Master.
On your behalf, I have sent our sincere condolences to Maureen and her family.
R.W.Bro. Peter Baslom. Provincial Grand Master, Mark Province of Devonshire.