Prescott Keith Hackett

January 02, 1939 - September 07, 2022


Obituary For Prescott Keith Hackett

Madison – Prescott Keith Hackett passed away on September 7, 2022 following surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.

Keith was born January 2, 1939 in Sauk County to Prescott and LaVerna (Keith) Hackett. He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1958 and moved to Madison in 1960 to join the Madison Police Department. After 26 years of service, he retired as Detective Supervisor in February 1986. He was active with the Retired Madison Police Fund and led the organization for many years.

Keith was an enlisted member in the USAR from 1978 to 1980 and was assigned to the ambulance detachment with the 44th General Hospital on Park Street, Madison.

He was an avid hunter and enjoyed his farm in Baraboo for many years. He also was a member of the Princeton Club where he did a little exercising and a lot of socializing with his many friends.

Keith is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children: Kevin (Betty) Hackett, Castle Rock, CO; Karrie (Mark) Heartlein, Galesburg, IL; Sherry Appledorn, Lake Elmo, MN; and Tracy Pace, Phoenix, AZ; as well as four grandchildren: Tom Heartlein, Meg (Heartlein) (Riley) Van Velsor, Chelsey (Pace) (Demitri) Celaya, Ethan Pace, and two great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother, Robert, Baraboo, WI.

Many thanks to Dr. Johnson, the nurses and caregiving staff at St. Mary’s Hospital neuro/trauma floor for their compassionate care of our entire family. A special thanks to his good friends Robert (Chopper) Rahn and Burr Fraser for always being there for him.

Memorials can be made to: Retired Madison Police Officers Association, c/o Joe Durkin, Treasurer, 506 Ludington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 9, 2022 at the Esquire Club, 1025 N Sherman Avenue, Madison, from 2:00-5:00p.m. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 2418 N Sherman Ave 608-249-8257


9 Oct

Celebration of Life

02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

The Esquire Club 1025 N Sherman Avenue Madison, Wi 53704 Get Directions »
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  • October 03, 2022

    Pat, our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your husband. Am so sorry to just learn of his passing. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Nancy and Jerry Steffensen

  • September 14, 2022

    With a heavy heart, my sincere condolences to all family and friends of Keith. I met Keith in the 70s while in the USAR. He and my late husband Bud, we're best friends. Over the years, we continued to spend time together with many fond memories. It has been a lasting close friendship of which I cherish. I will miss him immensely. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Virginia Hebard Broomfield,CO

  • September 13, 2022

    RIP brother. You were without doubt one of the very best. You will be missed but never forgotten. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family, friends, and fellow Law Enforcement Officers.

  • September 11, 2022

    Pat, I always enjoyed seeing you two every year. Keith was a fine man and I enjoyed the stories from his career. Bob McDonald

  • September 10, 2022

    Pat, we are so sorry for your loss, we have such fond memories of our times together in the years past, and we did some crazy things with all of our MPD friends, sending prayers and hugs to the family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

  • September 10, 2022

    I knew Keith from working at MPD. He was very kind and friendly. I enjoyed talking to him. He was one of my favorites of the "old guys". My condolences on your loss. I know he's smiling down at us from heaven.

  • September 09, 2022

    Condolences to Pat and all of Keith's family and loved ones. I learned early in my career that Keith was a man of integrity and of his word. One could always count on Keith to give you good counsel. Rest in Peace.

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