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Rep. Napolitano Mourns Passing, Praises Dedication of Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys

June 4, 2008
Press Release
NORWALK, CA – Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-38) spoke on the passing of former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys following his death in a plane crash last Friday.
“We are saddened by the news of the tragic death of former Commissioner John Keys. He was a dedicated public servant who served his country well for almost forty years as part of the Bureau of Reclamation. He was a great individual to work with and was always responsive on issues important to Southern California and the Western United States. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-44) added, “John Keys was a very personable and honest man. He was a great advocate for water in the West and someone I liked and respected. John will be sorely missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
During his almost forty years of service, he spent over twelve years as Pacific Northwest Regional Director and his work touched all seventeen Western states with Bureau facilities, including California. The Bureau is a water management agency in charge of numerous dams, canals and hydroelectric plants across the Western United States. They are the nation’s largest wholesaler of water and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the West.
Keys was piloting a plane over Canyonland National Park in Utah when it crashed at 10 am on Friday, May 30. Keys and one passenger were killed.