Jack Eugene Beeson, 88, died peacefully on September 1, 2019, at Community Hospice Care Center in Longview, WA. He was born to Clayton and Marion (Lovelace) Beeson on a farm up Coal Creek just outside Chehalis, WA, on May 6, 1931. He now returns to where his heart remained to lie beside his wife Diana overlooking the verdant Willapa River valley in Menlo, Washington. Jack graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, WA in 1948. He enlisted in the Navy soon after in November, 1948, and saw active duty in the Korean War on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Shangri La as a gunners mate. He married Marjorie Kopecky in Boston prior to discharge from the navy in 1953. Jack's work in the 1950s and 1960s included skippering fishing charter boats out of Westport, WA and working as a log boomman and timber scaler. Jack married Diana Richards in Naselle, WA, in October, 1972. Around about this time, Jack pursued his talent as a log scaler and became a career timber scaler with Washington State based in Olympia until retiring after 25 years of service in 1997. He and Diana moved to the Raymond, WA area in retirement to pursue their shared love of fishing, hunting, and razor clam digging. Jack was a outdoorsman at heart and always looked forward to his times out of doors. Jack is survived by 3 sons: Dale Beeson of Bishop, CA, Greg Beeson of Raymond, WA, and Steve Richards of Raymond, WA; 2 daughters: Linda Beeson of Raymond, WA and Lisa Lindsay of Raymond, WA. Jack is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother Charles Beeson and wife Diana Beeson. A graveside remembrance for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, WA. Memorials may be made to the American Legion, 221 Duryea St, Raymond, WA 98577.
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