Byron “Skip” Gene Beeson, of California Valley, passed in his sleep Monday, October 29, 2012. He is survived by his mom, Freda Clement of Pahrump, his wife, Barbara Beeson, and their three children Debbie Rittle of Pahrump, Jenni Atkins of Paso Robles, and Matthew Beeson of Farmington. He is also survived by six grand children Jared and Jenna Rittle, Krista, Alison, and Ziva Atkins, Andrew Bates-Beeson and one great-grandson, Brandon Rittle, with one granddaughter, SarahAnn Beeson, due to be born in a few weeks.
Skip was born in July of 1945 in Whittier, Calif. Growing up in Glendora, he loved playing with his dog, Kelly. Skip was an enthusiastic student and a lifelong learner. As his mom says, “He always had something smart to say.” He joined the Naval Reserves in 1962, graduated high school in 1963, then enlisted in the Navy working as a signalman on the USS Ranger CVA61 until 1965. He saw the Hawaiian and Philippine Islands, Japan and Hong Kong during his time of service. After his honorable discharge, he went to work with his uncle Charlie at his furniture store in Grover City. He attended college and became a psych-tech at the Atascadero State Hospital, where he worked from 1971 to 1995. Skip met his wife, Barbara, while visiting his parents in Norco in 1970. Typical of Skip, he proposed two days later, and they were married on April 3, 1971. They lived in Atascadero until 1975 when they moved to a small farm in Whitley Gardens, where they raised their three children and numerous farm animals. Skip and Barb moved to California Valley in 2000.
Skip was a man that everyone loved. Skip helped anyone in need. If you were ever stranded on Highway 46 while he was driving home from work, you could be sure that he would stop to lend a hand, taking them home for dinner or even to stay the night if they were waiting for parts. Skip always gave with a joyful heart. He held nothing back. His home was open to all in need. You could always count on Skip to give what he had. He loved playing Santa at his children’s school in Whitey Gardens. He was the hound dog of all rockhounds, and wherever he traveled it was guaranteed that a pile of rocks would came home with him. Skip enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his wife and parents in the desert area of Pahrump, enjoying a good sunset and all of God’s blessings that often go unnoticed.
His family was slated to honor him with a Celebration of Life last Saturday, Nov. 3 at Señor Sancho’s, 1920 Creston Road in Paso Robles.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Toys for Tots or any local food bank.
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