James E. O'Keefe, vice president of First American Title passes away


September 11, 1989, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

James E. O'Keefe, vice president of First American Title Insurance Company, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning September 5 at his home in Newport Beach. He was 71.

His title insurance career began in 1946 and spanned all phases of the title business. In 1959, he joined First American as branch manager of the San Diego office and in 1968 transferred to the Santa Ana office in the same capacity.

He was promoted to vice president on the corporate administrative staff in 1972 at First American's national headquarters in Santa Ana. He was in charge of pricing and personnel practices for the firm's nationwide network of offices.

A native of Great Falls, Montana, O'Keefe attended the University of Southern California before joining the United States Army in 1942. He served with the Corps of Engineers in Alaska until 1946.

He was a member of the California Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Ana Rotary Club, the 552 Club of Hoag Hospital, the Balboa Bay Club and La Quinta Country Club. Also, he was a member and past president of the Santa Ana Country Club and past president of the California Land Title Association. He served as chairman of the grievance committee for the American Land Title Association for several years.

O'Keefe is survived by his wife Marjorie and four children, Mary Kathleen, James, Kevin and Steven.

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