Keith Knighten was born in Oregon in 1929, and came to Seward, Alaska in 1965 with the U.S. Coast Guard. He married his wife, Dorothy, in 1948, and they had two sons. Retiring after twenty years of service in the Navy and Coast Guard, Keith settled in Seward and worked as a charter boat operator, started a booking agent business, and flew commercially for Harbor Air, a local flying service. Keith flew all over the Kenai Peninsula and in all kinds of conditions, whether it was taking hunters to remote locations or dropping recreationists off on the Harding Icefield. Keith was one of the people who flew clients onto the Harding Icefield for Arley Zimmerman's snowmachine tour operation in 1969 and 1970. Keith is active in the Resurrection Bay Historical Society.