Keith Conquest, 85, beloved husband, father, and grandfather entered eternal rest Monday, September 6, 2021.
Keith was born at home in Pharr, Texas, and was a life-long resident. He graduated from PSJA High School in 1954 and earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Pan American University.
Keith was married to the love of his life, Corinne, for 62 years. Together they raised three children, Janet, Stephen, and John.
He served two years in the United States Army prior to beginning his teaching career at PSJA ISD. He then taught with Region One Service Center, and was later an elementary teacher at Fields Elementary in McAllen ISD until his retirement after 36 years in the field of education.
Keith will be remembered for his service to others. He was a United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) Sponsor at both the Pharr United Methodist Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church. In addition, he served as a Scout Master in Pharr and an assistant Scout Master for Troop 7 in McAllen, TX. He served as a Pharr City Commissioner. He joked he was Landslide Conquest having won by three votes. He was a charter member of the Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis and served as President.
He was a lifelong Methodist and loved the Lord. He was a faithful member of the Pharr Methodist Church and later St. Mark United Methodist Church. He was always willing to lend a hand in service whether it was mission projects in Mexico, patrolling the parking lot, singing in the choir, putting rocks on the playground, or hauling away rotten pumpkins, you could count on Keith.
Keith enjoyed traveling across the US and planning annual vacations with his family. He was an avid beekeeper, liked camping, the outdoors, and nature. He hiked several hundred miles on the Appalachian Trail and hiked Philmont with the scouts and his sons.
Keith will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and his storytelling. He could remember stories from his childhood and was always willing to share them. He had an infectious smile, a fun personality, and the ability to create laughter in all situations. He could turn any situation into a joyous one. Family was important to Keith. He made sure to make time to attend to all the milestones in the family and extended family. If it was a graduation, wedding, or a holiday he and Corinne were there to celebrate. He loved spending time with his family, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews and was very proud of all of them.
Keith will be deeply missed by his wife, Corinne Conquest of Pharr; three children, Janet Lynn (Romeo) Robles, Stephen Keith Conquest, both of Pharr, John David (Heather) Conquest of Austin; six grandchildren, James Matthew (Adam Snyder) Robles of Austin, Rebecca Risa Robles of Alamo, Micah Keith (Mandie) Robles of McAllen, John Wesley Conquest, Aiden Larry Conquest, and Saige Heather Conquest, all of Austin; a great-granddaughter, Robin Rose of Alamo; a brother, J. Lee (Marylou) Conquest of Bridgeport, TX; and a sister, Joyce (+Willie) Harris of Lipan, TX. Also left to cherish his memory are Pam (Johnny) Gorhum of Jasper, TX, Jadel (Kyle) Harbison of Victoria, TX and Sally Head of McAllen.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Gladys Conquest; a sister, Shelley (+Spot) Thornton; and a grandson, Noah Anthony Robles.
The family would like to thank the outstanding doctors, nurses, and staff at Rio Grande Regional Hospital for the care and compassion that they showed during Keith's month-long hospitalization.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 6 p.m. prayer service Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan. Funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, at St. Mark United Methodist Church in McAllen. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen.
Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to St. Mark United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 301 Pecan Blvd, McAllen, TX 78501
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan.