On the morning of February 20, 2017, our band was left shattered, heartbroken and in shock upon learning that our dear friend and band mate, Keith Boyer, was killed while in the line of duty, abruptly ending his life after 27 years of honorable service to his community. Keith was only the third officer killed in the 100-year history of the Whittier P.D. and the first in nearly four decades. Keith was 53-years-old. Aside from being an all around "good guy" and a force for good, he was also a talented musician and most importantly - a loyal son, loving father and devoted grandfather.
Keith was an extremely humble man who also had a great passion for music his entire life and also loved his work in law enforcement, especially mentoring others.
On April 9th, just several weeks after Keith's End Of Watch (EOW), his surviving band mates in Mrs. Jones' Revenge helped to create The Keith Boyer Memorial Scholarship at his alma mater, La Serna High School in Whittier and began our fundraising efforts. We also organized and conducted a special fundraising concert with 100% of net proceeds going to Keith's grieving family. Some of Keith's closest family members and local friends were in attendance at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. That event quickly sold out due to the theater's limited capacity and hundreds who would have liked to attend we unable to. We, the band, felt terrible about this. We tried to add a second show but it was not possible. We live streamed the event for those who couldn't get in and the full concert is posted on our YouTube channel. After the benefit, we immediately started formulating plans with one of Keith's classmates from the Class of '81 at La Serna, to create an even larger event as a tribute to Keith, closer to his home, friends and colleagues in the Whittier area.
On February 17, 2018, just three days short of the one year mark in Keith's EOW, his surviving band mates in Mrs. Jones' Revenge performed for nearly a thousand local family members, friends and concerned community members in a two-hour live classic rock concert at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts. Whittler Police Chief Jeff Piper joined the band on stage to kick off the event, which raised roughly $20,000 for the Keith Boyer Memorial Scholarship Fund. The show culminated in a special surprise encore, in which the band performed live to Keith's moving image projected on a giant screen while his isolated drum tracks recorded in a previous performance thundered and echoed throughout the theater. A photo gallery of this memorable event will be posted on this page shortly.
The band wishes to offer special thanks also to the John and Ken Show on KFI, for their tireless support of law enforcement and for supporting our efforts to honor our friend who we miss greatly, Officer Keith Boyer.
What a night! ...Mrs. Jones Revenge is "classic rock" at it's best!
The performance by Jeff and the band brought not only outstanding vocals and stage presence, the iconic rock selections had everyone in the audience dancing or singing along! The encore performance was absolutely the best and without a doubt, moved Mrs. Jones' Revenge to the number one spot as a Temple City favorite!Â
Cathy Burroughs Director Parks and Recreation and Debbie Ingram, Administrative Coordinator, City of Temple City, CA