Retired Reclamation Commissioner John Keyes passing is sad news. I first “engaged” Reclamation with John at the helm in the Boise Regional office in 1992 when working for the Teel Irrigation District. We were dealing with issues surrounding “water spreading” then making headlines in the Umatilla Project by Water Watch of Oregon. Over the years, we kept in close touch on various Reclamation issues. Most recently, John assisted me in obtaining a position with the USAID working in Armenia. He was a southern gentleman in the best way. Kind and considerate always interested in a balance between what was best for the individual as well as the public. He told me that retirement to him meant a chance to spend more time flying.