Keith Owen, Black Belt Instructor, Passes Away At 52

A 4th-Degree black belt under Pedro Sauer, Keith Owen, has passed away at the age of 52. He leaves behind a wife and 3 sons. Owen was attending a Master Pedro Sauer camp in Brazil. 

According to Bjjmoves, he was also a former Sheriff’s deputy and firearm instructor, holds black belts in kung-fu and Wu Wei Gung Fu, and was a ground control instructor for the Idaho Police Academy.

His family released a statement via Facebook post, 

“To all of Keith’s friends, it is with heavy heart and great sadness that we acknowledge the unexpected passing of our dad, Keith Owen. He was truly a wonderful person; authentic, charismatic, and his presence was always larger than life.

He never met a stranger; he would talk to just about anyone and everyone that knew him was a friend. He was truly the most loyal people one could ever hope to know. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father and he taught us so many valuable lessons. Most importantly, how to be leaders and to always take care of your family, friends, teammates, and people, and of course Jiu Jitsu.

He had the rare ability to be the kindest person you could know, tell it like he saw it, encourage you, and share his funny stories and he would always make you feel encouraged and appreciative with the way he shared his insights and wisdom. He lived his life to the fullest, did what he wanted, laughed from the bottom of his heart, spent time with those he loved, and he would do anything to help anyone in need.

We are grateful for the incredible amount of love and support over the past few days from everyone and the Owen family would like to give a special thanks to Master Pedro Sauer for his friendship, mentorship, and commitment to our father and family over the years.

We will keep everyone updated about a service and what our plans are for the future. Keith has influenced and positively impacted so many lives. He was a remarkable man, husband, father, and icon in martial arts, and we will continue to pass on his legacy, lessons and honor him. Our dad was also very excited to become a grand-father to Brooks Owen this upcoming May.

Rest in Peace Dad, we love you, and as you always would say, “We got this!”

-The Owen Family”

The statement prompted hundreds of responses from loved ones, friends, and students as they paid their respects for the professor.



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