|Updated: 11/29/2013 10:18 am
||Published: 11/28/2013 12:04 pm
Keith Alan Carver died in his home on Monday after a long battle with fronto-temporal dementia, also known as Pick's disease.
Today we spoke with his family members about how they want to honor his memory and what they want others to know about the disease.
With slurred speech and memory loss, Carver was dealing with his symptoms well but it was tough.
FOX23 spoke with his wife Lisa, and she tells us, "He was 44 when he started showing symptoms."
Lisa didn't know what it was but she knew something was affecting her husband Keith.
"It took a year and half to get a correct diagnosis, Fronto Temporal dementia it progressed rapidly."
A disease that typically strikes people in their 60s, hit the Carver family too soon.
Lisa tells us, "There's no cause, there's no cure, there's no treatment."
Keith was a police officer from 1989 until he was forced to stop in 2011 because of his illness.
Lisa told FOX23 that her husband was a fighter but there are some things that you can't prepare for.
Keith was 46 when he died.
"We miss him, we miss him terribly, but that disease is cruel."
That's why the family wants others to be in tuned with their loved ones.
Lisa explains, "If you notice these symptoms, that's just not them, just press on."
They want to raise awareness about a disease that took their son and father too soon
"He had a lot of faith and this was his bracelet."
"He was such a great man, he was a wonderful father loving husband."
Carver's funeral service is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.