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Corvallis vision board member LaVerne Keith remembered

Corvallis vision board member LaVerne Keith remembered

Corvallis community volunteer LaVerne Keith, a charter member of the city’s Imagine Corvallis Action Network Advisory Board, has died.

Keith died in September at the age of 67, Weddle Funeral Service handled the arrangement but no other information was released.

The ICAN board was organized in the fall of 2017 to implement the city’s Imagine Corvallis 2040 vision plan. Keith was one of the community volunteers named to a board that also included Mayor Biff Traber, Benton County Administrator Joe Kerby and Corvallis School District Superintendent Ryan Noss.

“When LaVerne applied to the ICAN board,” Traber said, “she presented herself as a long-time small-business owner and an active volunteer at local schools and local nonprofits. She also had an educational background in landscape architecture and city planning. She was an active member of the board, working on work groups like the kickoff planning group.

“She will be missed as a quiet but notable contributor in moving ICAN forward.”

Ward 3 Councilor Hyatt Lytle, the council liaison to the ICAN board, also remembered Keith fondly, particularly for her work in Lytle’s South Corvallis ward.

“LaVerne was just wonderful, proactive and always involved when ICAN had an event or even if we were just tabling at smaller events,” Lytle said. “She was very active in getting more people involved with activities in South Corvallis. She and I were involved with sharing ICAN in Southtown with efforts in the future neighborhood center, and had had conversations about the idea of a future community center when the urban renewal district gets rolling.

“From my perspective, she was really on the mode of giving back after owning a long-lived business and it she will be very much missed by many.”

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-812-6116. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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