Those of us who knew Douglas Grant Beebe know what a genuinely good-hearted man he was: Happy, funny, goofy, talented, full of it, teasing, playing jokes, pranks and making funny animated faces.
He passed away at the age of 75 at his home in Pleasant Grove, Utah on Monday, March 2, 2020 surrounded by family who, through tears and laughter, said their goodbye’s.
Doug would smile not only with his mustached mouth but with his mischievous blue eyes. Always taking time to teach and show others how to do lapidary work, make jewelry, silversmithing, setting turquoise, sandblasting flagstone, designing and cutting many artistic designs used in his metal art and flagstone creations. He could make something out of nothing with junk and was always inventing something unique or making cool art.
He could work all day in his shop on his many artistic projects which included beautiful abstract oil paintings - amazing pottery pieces - silver and turquoise watch bands, necklaces, and bracelets. He used cougar claws and bear claws; pottery and flagstone in his many creations. He used strange looking vehicles and rusty shells and various parts and pieces to build a rat rod.
Doug knew how to make a person feel loved and was another Dad to many a kid that came his way. He was an amazing and joyful man to be around.
You could often hear him say “I’m Bug Deede from Pasquale, Arizona” telling story after story and it wouldn’t matter how long the story was, it wouldn’t be long enough and he could tell it ten different ways, ten different times.
With a captive audience he would become the storyteller and the entertainer for hours always including the quote ‘This ain’t no bull!”.
Douglas Grant Beebe was born in Phoenix, Arizona June 5, 1944 to Bernice Burton Cloud and James D Beebe. He grew up in Skull Valley, Arizona with two older siblings: James D Jr (Jim) and Diana Jo Cobey of Prescott, Arizona. Jim passed away January 15, 2020 at his home in Prescott, Arizona.
He had many wild stories of growing up a crazy Skull Valley kid. He attended grade school in Skull Valley and graduated from Prescott High School in 1962. He enrolled in the National Guard and served for four years.
Doug married Shelley J Brown in 1969 and they are the parents of Shad Brandon Beebe of Florence, Arizona and Dallas Jo Laone of Las Vegas, Nevada. They later divorced.
He married Barbara Brockman Fletcher in 1994 and they are the parents of Hannah Leah Beebe of Topeka, Kansas and Barbara’s four children; Tara Carnes, Lathum Fletcher, Colton Fletcher and Kendra Tanner. They later divorced.
Doug spent many years in construction as a heavy equipment operator traveling all over the Arizona state.
He was a sure shot with a rifle and enjoyed hunting and country dancing in his younger years and building hot rods and other cars and trucks.
Doug and Shelley bought an old dairy barn in Skull Valley and cleaned it out and turned it into a three story, one of a kind, barn house with many innovative features. A truly amazing creation well known in Skull Valley. He lived there for about 50 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and supported the Kirkland Branch by serving in various positions and helped to establish the branch.
Doug suffered a stroke on June 5, 2016 on his birthday. He was in Prescott at the Sandretto Hills Chapel and had had a meeting with his stake president. The stroke affected his left side leaving him unable to walk, stand, get up, sit up, dress etc. or do any more creating of art work or anything else with his left hand. He was left handed and then had to rely on using his right hand. He also suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years which crippled him early in life.
Tuesday evening the 2nd of March 2020, after a lengthy decline, Doug was released from this life and got to go to his Heavenly home.
He leaves behind his wife of 11 years; Eleanor Colleen Eckel, a long-time friend and his children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and many, many other family members and friends. His bushy mustache with curled up ends, his bright smiling eyes his joke telling, teasing, story telling and “This ain’t no Bull” attitude will be greatly missed! You have taught us how to love and enjoy life Duggers, Bug Deede, Dougie. Love you much!!! You are dearly missed.
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CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Services will be held Saturday , March 14, 2020.
12:00 PM – The Hillside Bible Church, 8670 State Creek Road, Hillside, AZ
1:00 PM – Luncheon – Sharing of Stories and Memories
HIllside Bible Church
Bring a potluck dish.
Doug had a fantastic life and enjoyed every minute tinkering around in his shop and making beautiful creations of art. He genuinely loved everyone.
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