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November 4, 2022

Dear Keaton,

We’ve tried so many times to write this and honor you, but no words could ever come close to capturing your life and the things you accomplished. Know that we were blessed to have you as our son and truly honored and very proud to be your parents. You are and will always be so much more than we can ever put into these words. Keep sending us the signs, we love seeing them and we know that you are always with us and watching over us.

Love you with all our hearts, Mom and Dad

Keaton M. Trevena passed away suddenly, Wednesday afternoon, November 4, 2020, at the age of 25 of sudden cardiac arrest. Those who knew Keaton, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Keat was born on December 28th, 1994, in Weymouth, MA and lived in Scituate, MA until his graduation from Scituate High School in 2013. Keat played Little League baseball, soccer, ran track, and had a brief stint playing basketball while in middle school. He continued soccer and track throughout his high school years, winning many meets and Patriot League championships. In 2008, Keat qualified for the Junior Olympic National Track and Field Finals in Omaha, Nebraska where he competed in the 200 meter hurdles. Over 6,000 athletes competed, and many participated in the parade of states. “It was an incredible feeling and honor to walk behind the Massachusetts flag knowing I was there representing Scituate and the State of Massachusetts”. Keaton 2008

Keaton was chosen to represent Scituate High School for several Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) leadership conferences. He spent three summers during high school in the Appalachian region helping to rebuild homes and lives for underprivileged families. Keat was awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) scholarship in 2013. As a result, Keaton received an invitation by RYLA to spend a week on Cape Cod learning how to bring about change through positive leadership. Keat was elected by his peers to be a counselor and continued monthly meetings at UMASS Dartmouth. “Always pay it forward, you never know where your path will lead”. Keaton 2013

Keaton attended The University of Tampa. He was chosen by U of T to attend the Elite leadership program for a week before starting classes. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in International Studies. On his first day of college, he met his soulmate and best friend, Grace, they didn’t go a day without talking or texting.

After graduation, Keaton interned for Black & Denim in Tampa. While there he was asked to model for their clothing line and the Kickstarter campaign “The Only Blazer”. After his internship, Keat went to work for American Medical Academy (AMA), making a lasting impression, as a result an award was established in his honor which is awarded monthly to a deserving employee.

While living in Tampa, Keat met the love of his life, Jeffrey Sotomayor, they were inseparable. He was truly blessed to have found that kind of love. Most never get to experience that kind of pure love and devotion.

One of Keats greatest gifts was his huge heart. He always had a kind word, a hug (those were the best) and advice for those who needed it. Best said by his sister, Kendyl. “To those that knew him, Keaton was a shining light. We’re polar opposites: he was very outgoing while I’m more reserved. His sassy comments while driving, his amazing comebacks, his relationships advice, his caring nature, his amazing hugs, his fashion advice, love for travel and adventure (he spent two months studying abroad in Barcelona, learned to speak Spanish even though he took French in school, and traveled to many different countries), his love for video games, photography, and sports. He was tech savvy, and knew how to fix any tech problem. The way I name my files on my computers is because of a tip he taught me. I was always envious of his natural ability to connect with others. He made friends instantly and never really met a stranger. He was an all-around amazing person”.

Keat will be missed everyday by his parents, Laura and Jim, his sister, Kendyl and her boyfriend Alex Jones, his grandmother Barbara Basile, and his partner Jeffrey Sotomayer. Also, his aunt and uncles Robert and Linda Trevena, Micheal and Cindy Basile and his many cousins. Keat was predeceased by his grandfathers Robert Trevena and Frank Basile, his grandmother Lois Trevena, his aunt and uncle Kathy and Tim Tracey, aunt Joy Basile and uncle John Trevena.

Keaton favorite quote, and those that knew him know how much this meant:

“To accomplish great things,
we must not only act,
but also dream, not only plan,
but also believe”
-Anatole France

We LOVE you and MISS you with all our hearts XOXO


The family is in the process of establishing The Trevena Family Charitable Fund. This fund will be used to honor Keaton’s life and the causes that were important to him. More details will be provided once this fund is finalized.


  • Irving KEMPNER
    Posted November 8, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Dear Lord Give Jim and Laura the assurance that though Keaton has passed from their sight, he has not passed from your care. Draw near to them in their sadness, bring blessing out of grief, and help them in their tears and pain to know you are standing alongside them and to experience your love and healing.
    May Keaton’s loving memory forever be a cherished blessing for the Trevena family and all who were fortunate enough to know him.

  • Boe (Pataranick) Terpening
    Posted November 9, 2022 at 4:46 am

    This tribute to Keaton is absolutely beautiful and speaks volume to the family the two of you created. God Bless and keep you all as you continue life’s journey in his absence.
    Sending love, hugs and prayers.

  • Woodard Denise
    Posted November 9, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Son. Losing a Child is the most devastating experience any Parent has to endure. I pray you all find some Peace. Sending my Deepest Condolences.

  • Barbara Ann Thompson
    Posted November 9, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Oh Jim and Laura! I am so sorry. Losing a child is never easy. And while it has taken you a couple years to write this, I think you honored his life and he would be proud to know all the memories you shared. I pray that those wonderful memories fill your hearts as well as Jeffrey’s and the rest of your family with comfort and peace during the times you feel loss. Sending love and prayers to you all.

  • Michael Tracey
    Posted November 9, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Love you man from your big brother.

  • Tammy Meisenheimer
    Posted November 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Jim, Laura, Kendyl, Jeffrey & all the other family members of the Treveno family, Although we did not have the privilege of meeting Keaton his beautiful soul shines through all of you. That means he was something beyond special.
    Love, prayers and insurmountable hugs to all of you. Tammy and Ken Meisenheimer

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