Michael G. Key, 74

GRANGEVILLE: Mike Key, 74 of Grangeville traveled his last haul road, marked his last tree and walked his last trail on Earth on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

He was born to Oda and Thedis Key on July 23, 1947 in Ephrata, Washington. They moved to Grangeville, Idaho where he made his permanent home. He married his lifelong companion Linda Ross Key of Cottonwood, Idaho on July 29, 1967. They raised three children: Michael, Sharon and Jason all of Grangeville.

Mike made his career in the timber industry. Starting in the sawmills, then cutting timber and hauling logs for many employers. He then started his own logging business in which he built an exceptional reputation. He finished his career as a timber/land manager upon his passing.

Mike enjoyed everything to do with the outdoors; hunting, fishing, trapping, etc…, but none that were more important than spending time with family. He always said, “I’ll measure my wealth in the closeness of family and friends, not dollar and cents.” He always had a smile on his face, kiss or hug for you and an awesome sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oda and Thedis. Brothers; Leo, Jerry, and Bo Key. Sister Pat Embry.

He is survived by his wife Linda. Son, Mike (Darlene) Key, daughter Sharon Key, son, Jason (Sheila) Key all of Grangeville. Grandchildren; Courtney (Bud) Whitcomb of Summerville, Oregon, Chantel (Jeff) Kaufman of Lewiston, Idaho, Garrett, Kolten, Kayla and Jace Key of Grangeville. Great grandchildren; Lailyn, Atley and Landrey Whitcomb of Summerville, Oregon. He is also survived by his brothers; Bill, Ken, Tony Key and his sisters; Betty Altman and Sherry Pewitt and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, October 29, 2021 at Noon at the Grangeville Christian Church with a dinner provided by the family to follow at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to

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  • Ruth Jacobs says:

    Linda and family,
    Bill and I are so sorry for your family. Mike was always so friendly and nice. He will be missed by everyone. Sorry we can’t make it to the funeral. We have another funeral we must go too. Bill and Ruth Jacobs

  • Kaschmitter Chris says:

    So very sorry for your loss, RIP

  • darlene key says:

    I was honored to have this man as my friend but got even luckier when I married his son Michael, then I called him my father-in-law and he was the best father-in-law I could have ever gotten, I couldn’t have hand picked a better one. This gentle giant was honest, hard working , humble. My children looked up to this man and were proud to call him Grandpa. For my husband he was his “HERO”. He is missed and loved by many which shows what kind of man he truly was !!!! Darlene

  • Carl and Gretta Killgore says:

    Linda and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and God bless.
    Carl and Gretta Killgore❤️

  • Sheila Grayson says:

    I will forever miss uncle Mike. He was such an amazing man most of all the greatest uncle you could ask for. He always had a huge heart exspecially for family.

  • Teresa R Gilmore Eldevik says:

    My deepest condolences to all the family. May God surround you all at this time of loss and give the peace and comfort in the days to come. Amen. Teresa R Gilmore, Eldevik

  • Silas Whitman says:

    My deepest condolences to Michael Key family and son Mike Key. Our family shares your heartfelt loss and support you in your time of grief as you gave support to us in our time of recent grief.
    Si Whitman and Family

  • Melvin and Ima Wikoff says:

    Mike was a special man. He will be greatly missed. We shall always appreciate the bonds that were created in Sunday School with so many in the Key families. We remember being with Mike’s parents in the hospital, where they acknowledged the Lord in their lives, and participating in many family funerals.
    We had hoped to attend Mike’s’ , but failed to mark it on the calendar, and thought it was today. May God comfort you in your loss. He left a precious wife, and a wonderful family, his most important legacy.

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