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Austin Mikel Keller-Brokamp

January 7, 1992 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 29)

Obituary

Austin Mikel Keller Brokamp was killed in a car accident on I-70 while driving home from work on Monday December 6, 2021. He was 29. 

Austin and his identical twin brother were born January 7, 1992 in Casper, Wyoming. 
Austin was an all around outdoorsman. He grew up hunting, fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and running wild with his brothers. Austin was so close to his brothers. He spent precious time with them rafting the Yellowstone and Colorado Rivers, cliff jumping at the Potholes and the Punch Bowl, riding the waves in St. Thomas, building snow forts and ski jumps to see who could catch the biggest air, and most of all, having long, existential talks while walking through the forest or sitting by a campfire. Austin was a wrestler, a skill he developed with his womb-mate, and honed playing and fighting with Dustin and big brother, Koltin. He was proud to be on the varsity wrestling team as a high school Freshman. Austin was a passionate, skilled skateboarder. Most importantly to Austin, he was a loving Dog Dad to his Boxer, Jules, who owned Austin for 10 years and who is still waiting for Austin to come home.  

Austin was a gifted artist, and he expressed his immense creativity through photography, drawing, music and lyrical free styling. He will be remembered as a hard-ass prankster and all around funny guy, especially to his coworkers and siblings. Austin was a proud member of the Plumber/Pipefitter/Welder's Union, Local 145 Apprenticeship Program of the Western Slope located in Grand Junction, CO. Austin loved his job very much and was extremely proud to be a Union brother.
It is impossible to fully describe Austin and how much he meant to his family and to the world. Our hearts are truly broken.
Austin leaves behind to grieve him, his big sister Kourtni, who loved him and will miss him beyond belief; his big brother Koltin, who he worked and laughed with every day; his twin Dustin who has suffered an unimaginable loss, and his little bro Hayden, who is lost without Austin, but also grateful to have had such an incredible friend in his brother. Austin will be missed by his twin brothers Karston and Kingston who he loved playing baseball with, his cousin Cody Decker, who was his best friend and roommate, and his favorite nephew, Dayton Keller. Austin leaves his grieving parents Brenda and Jim Brokamp of Aspen, CO and Tom and Melanie Keller of Billings, MT, Grandmother Donna Keller of Billings, MT; Grandparents Mike and Gayle Decker of Tennessee and Grandparents Marvin and Susan Brodock of Ft. Benton, MT. Austin also loved and was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. 
Austin was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents, Harold and Dora Hunt, Grandfather Herb Keller, and Grandparents William and Jean Brokamp. Austin loved and looked up to his Grandpa Keller so much, he was Austin's hero. Austin was also very close to his great grandparents; he was lucky to spend so much time with them. Austin and Dustin were Grandpa's "little puppies." Grandpa Hunt wrote a poem about them and Dustin created a template then tattooed Grandpa's handwriting and words onto Austin. This tattoo will preserved and turned into art by "Save My Ink."  

Austin will be having a water cremation through Be A Tree Cremation in Denver, CO. Donations will be accepted to fund this unique way of returning Austin to the earth to foster the growth of flowers, plants, and trees, and to honor his nontraditional nature.
This was a sudden tragic death and Austin's family is still in shock and grieving. However, Austin was loved by many and we want to honor him by gathering together at the place he took so much pride in and where he spent so much time, the Local 145 Union Hall on Saturday December 11, 2021 from 6-8pm. 
3168 Pipe Court Unit 100
Grand Junction, CO 81501 
Donations can be sent via venmo to @kellerkg or contact his sister directly at kourtnikeller@gmail.com
Austin had so many hopes, dreams and plans. He had a bright future ahead of him and planned on traveling the world working as a pipe fitter/welder with his brothers. He and Dustin had been planning their "Dirty Thirty" for years but Austin will be forever 29, leaving Dustin to turn 30 without him. So please, for everyone you love, wear a seat belt and drive a little slower. 


So...let's get this milk, dollar 45 pipe squad! Milk money murda gang.

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