A shovel leans against the fence, the handle worn dark where thick hands gripped it for so many years. The shovel is still now, and so are the hands that used it. Keith Stanworth died Monday August 17, 2015, at his home in Cedar City, Utah. It does not seem far-fetched to figure the ground Keith so lovingly worked for most of 50 years and the shovel he used to work it know he has gone. It would be inaccurate to say Keith passed peacefully from this lifeKeith never did anything very quietly or peacefully. But failing health in his final months left him unable to take pleasure in the things he had enjoyed for a lifetime, and in the end he found peace and was ready to see his parents. Keith will be lonely without Anne, his wife of 53 years, and his children, James (Sara Lim) Stanworth, Raquel Hill and Maria (Jimmy) Twitchell, but he will be welcomed to heaven by his father Rodney N. Stanworth and mother Iva Workman Stanworth. Keith was born in Hurricane, Utah, August 4, 1938 and graduated from Hurricane High where he enjoyed sports of all kinds and working on the family farm or in the mountains. He was shaped by the experiences of his youth and continued to enjoy athletics, farming, and the outdoors throughout his life. After high school he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Mexico, where part of his heart remained long after he returned home. He retained his knowledge of the Spanish language and loved speaking it whenever possible. Soon after returning to the States, Keith enrolled at the College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, where he met Anne. It is easy to question some of Keith's exploits in life; such as diving into very shallow water or spelunking deep into a mountain without telling anyone where he was going, but it is impossible to question his good sense in marrying his sweet "Annie." The new couple soon headed for Utah State in Logan, Utah, and the adventures of being young and married. There they welcomed Raquel and James (Jimmy). Keith's desire to coach and somehow work in the hills at the same time seemed impossible, but this was Keith Stanworth, to whom nothing was impossible. His career as a coach and teacher began at Altamont High, which is remarkably near the Uintah mountains and Anne's family. Coach Stanworth scratched out a football field from wasteland and taught hoops in a bandbox gym, and in the summer found work with the National Forest. The combination of a job opening up in Cedar City Junior High School, and the realization that after several years his tiny team didn't have very many superstars, encouraged him to take the job, and soon the Stanworth's were headed back to Southern Utah. A job with the Forest, of course, was also obtained and soon daughter Maria joined the family. For many years Coach Stanworth coached nearly every athlete that played any sport on his way to being a Redman. He was a fiery, demanding coach, but one who taught young boys to do more than just win, although that, too, was required. As his health began to fail there were several small reunions that included players that were not only former all-stars, but accomplished lawyers, doctors, presidents of companies and just about anything else. In the Forest, Ranger Keith was a legend. He was at his best near a campfire on a mountain, and campers as well as co-workers found themselves the recipients of Keith's gardening abilities. Tomatoes and sweet corn were hauled in boxes and bags to the mountain friends (new and old), and the vegetables were usually accompanied by a storyor two. And now, the shovel sits quietly. Both it, and Keith, have earned a rest. He is survived by his wife, Anne; children: Raquel Hill of Hurricane, James R. Stanworth of North Ogden, Maria Twitchell of Cedar City, Utah; grandchildren: Randahl Hill, Sara Stanworth, Bryan J, Amanda Twitchell, Catherine Stanworth, Henry Stanworth, Fletcher Stanworth, Samantha Stanworth; great-grandchild: Aiden Field; sisters: Utahna Richins, Arlene Stanworth of Hurricane, and Susie Sabaitis of Washington, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar 14th Ward (400 N 400 W, Cedar City, UT). A viewing will be held Friday, August 21st from 6-8:00 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City, UT). Another viewing will be held Saturday, August 22nd from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Bishop David McGuire will conduct the funeral service. There will be a luncheon for the family at the church immediately following the service. Keith will be interred in the Hurricane Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Marshall for his years of care and concern, and Ethan Bunker for his presence these last difficult weeks. Also, "Nurse Rose," Rosemary Beecher, provided nearly a year of invaluable service to Keith, and a welcome hug for everyone who came her way. And finally to Gary Webb for the countless hours spent listening to Keith's stories and compiling his legendary adventures into his book "Life on the Edge."