After decades of service to Oklahoma and his country, Daniel Keating left a lengthy legacy when he died Saturday at age 74 in Tulsa.
Prior to serving on the state board of education and as the state co-chairman of the Trump for President Campaign in 2016, Keating had multiple roles in state government and nonprofit governance over the years.
Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement Sunday that Keating will be missed as an advocate for Oklahoma schools.
“Daniel Keating served the state of Oklahoma well in a variety of appointments and had a lifelong interest in education,” Fallin said. “He was a strong proponent on the State Board of Education of ensuring Oklahoma’s schools delivered a high-quality education.”
Keating, twin brother of former Gov. Frank Keating, was appointed to the board in 2013 to replace Joy Hofmeister, who resigned her position to run for state superintendent.
Keating’s son, Matthew Keating, told The Associated Press that education was very important to his father.
Gov. Fallin also nominated Keating for his previous position on the Tulsa Community College Board of Regents. He also held positions with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation, according to his profile on the state Education Department website.
Keating served as chairman of the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Advisory Committee in 2006 as he entered a contentious race for state treasurer.
Keating was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign even as his brother, Frank, denounced Trump’s candidacy.
“I don’t think Republicans have done a good job of trying to straighten it out,” Daniel Keating said in 2015.
“I think that this is one of the big reasons so many people are following Donald Trump.”
Keating was vice chairman of Summit Consolidated Group, a national brokerage and insurance company. He was previously the company’s president.
A retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.
While in the Marine Corps Reserve, Keating was called up to active duty in February 1991 for the Gulf War.
At the time, Keating was the president and chief operations officer for Valley National Bank in south Tulsa. He was assigned to handle logistics for the 5th Marine Regiment, the same unit he served with in Vietnam near Da Nang.
Keating said of his service then that the situation in the Gulf could get much worse.
“I’ll do mine so that, hopefully, my son won’t go through that,” Keating said in a 1991 Tulsa World interview.
In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Keating to the Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.
In 2006, Keating ran for state treasurer but lost in the Republican primary to Howard Barnett. The campaign turned sour when Barnett launched an ad campaign attacking Keating’s financial record.
At the time, Keating attributed the problems to his involvement underwriting insurer Lloyd’s of London, which took significant losses in the late 1980s after the explosion of a North Sea oil rig and other incidents.
Keating said in a 2006 Tulsa World interview that he “never expected Lloyd’s to be the fraud that it is and certainly was” and that it took about 15 years and $300,000 “to get away from.”
A longtime community leader, Keating served on the board of directors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Historical Society and Salvation Army.
He was a member of the Oklahoma Military Advisory Commission and also served on the boards of Junior Achievement, Tulsa Ballet, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Easter Seal Society, Metropolitan Utility Authority and Utility Board, the Tulsa Metro Chamber, the Oklahoma Bankers Association Insurance Agency and Hillcrest Medical Center Foundation.
Keating is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons Matthew and Bryan; and brothers Frank and Martin.