Friends and family mourn the loss of McKeen Marion Worthen.
McKeen was born in Salt Lake City on May 2, 1961 to John Worthen and Vivian (Vicki) Brimhall Karoll and died on June 2, 2021 after a long battle with ill health and substance addiction. He was 60.
Having studied filmmaking at the University of Utah, Mick was a film professional, with wide credits. He received many editing accolades and a Cleo award. At the Financial News Network in Santa Monica Mick honed his video production skills for later work at Salt Lake City based TV stations. He co-produced and directed films for his cult followers as well as for the advertising industry. He was working on a documentary about snowboarding when he passed.
McKeen was an integral part of the early Punk scene of Utah and Los Angeles, a familiar face in that world. He traveled extensively, and served as documentarian with Pastor Larry Beauregard on overseas humanitarian missions. He was a long term caretaker for his mother, grandmother Ruth Ellison and close friend James Morris. He founded a foundation to fight Hepatitis C.
Mick had a strong affinity for the outdoors, loved hiking and camping. He was very likable, considered 'cool' by his peers and influenced many to snowboard and shoot film. He was creative, both in written work as well as photo creations. He was outrageous to a fault and danced to his own special drum. He will be remembered for his wry irony and creative energy. He was a pioneer in the sport of snow-boarding and a technical cameraman specializing in helicopter cinematography. He studied filmmaking at the University of Utah.
He is proceeded in death by his mother and survived by his old friends and colleagues, his father, John E. Worthen, his uncle Jerry Walton, cousins-Wendy Willis and Trevor Walton, his half siblings, Skye, Lisa, Johnny, Elle and Daxi, and former wife, Lori Powers, also his Aunt Pat Jensen and Uncle Dan Ellison, who shared his formative years. All will miss him.
An open house memorial will be held at Millennial Falls event center, 12375 South 1300 East, Draper, UT 84020 on July 1st, 2021 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, with a short organized program beginning at 7:00 pm.
As was his wish, McKeen’s ashes will be scattered in the Cottonwood Canyons of the Wasatch Mountains where his love of snow-boarding and filmmaking merged into the happiest days of his life.
God’s speed brother.