Daniel Keith Ward

Daniel Keith Ward 

9/26/1940 – 5/24/2020


The world lost a loving, generous, good-natured husband, father, brother, uncle and friend on May 24, 2020. Dan Ward died at Serenity House after a brief bout with melanoma.


Dan was born to Gordon and Dorothy Ward in Bakersfield. He had a rich and varied life as a dragster racer, sea urchin and abalone diver, Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, and United Airlines pilot. He was hard working and constantly building—residing in Hawaii, Alaska and Santa Barbara at the same time. Dan was an avid outdoorsman; he loved fishing, hunting, swimming, diving, skiing and gardening. He traveled extensively to many countries around the world with the love of his life, Carol. “Having each other was having it all.”


He is survived by his wife Carol Seekins; sister Dena Groters; nieces Jan, Jill and Donette Hicks. He was predeceased by his daughter Ruth Anne Marie.


He is missed by many. A Celebration of Dan’s life will be held at a later date, Covid-19 permitting.

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