Jack O. Beeman, 79, of Loomis, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Omak. He was born Sept. 7, 1934, on North Pine Creek to Harry and Pearl Beeman.
On Dec. 26, a cowboy on a tall bay horse rode through the last gate in the clouds and dismounted in Heaven. Jack Beeman had arrived. On Earth, he had lived just the kind of the life he had wanted to live. In all seasons, his days were spent in the open.
Jack experienced more than a few miracles during his 79 years here, including a heart transplant that allowed him to enjoy another 20 years with his family and friends. During that time, regardless of other health challenges he faced, his life was full and productive, and when illness or pain knocked him down, he got right back up and rode on.
The back country was his brother, and no one knew better than Jack how to manage an ornery cow or judge a good horse. At last though, the cowboy grew weary; evening came, his chores were done, and it was time to rest.
Jack’s legacy is made up of many things — the sage-scented breeze that wafts softly from the Pine Creek hills, the first buttercups of spring, the emerald-like gem that is Loomis Country. These and a myriad of others all are the pieces of his beloved lifetime home. Long ago, Jack shared his connection to this honest and beautiful place with his family; it is now entrusted to them.
Jack knew — and smiling down, knows even now — that his legacy will be honored and passed down for generations to come. Every day, our eyes will show us what our hearts already know; when we look on his home land, we will see Jack in all the things he loved. Can Heaven be more beautiful?
The cowboy lived a lusty life, spoke the language of the trail boss, trained his children to follow in his footsteps, took them to the brush and turned them loose on a half-broke horse with a bunch of cows and pointed them toward the road. The land throughout Okanogan County and beyond reflects his ability to build a fence anywhere on any terrain — that has with stood the test of time and weather — “damn straight”!
He wanted his kids to experience the wonderful things that only he and a few of his kind had known. He knew that he was the last of his breed.
Jack had touched many lives. He leaves behind a multitude of friends who loved him — the “boys” at the Loomis Kwik Stop, everyone in Loomis and the transplant team at Sacred Heart in Spokane, as well as his church family at the Community Church.
His knowledge of the country and history of the area have gone with him. He loved us all in his rough and tumble way. He will be sorely and lovingly missed by us all until we meet again.
Jack is survived by his wife, Karmen Beeman, at home; his children, Shauna (Ryan) Beeman, Sarah (David) Grooms, Jackie (Devin) Richter, Joan (Dan) Stanfield; his siblings, Irene Williams, Ruth Nixon, Linda Pauley, Bert Beeman, Jerry Beeman, and Phill Green; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Hoot (Jon) Beeman; brothers Ward Green, Benny Beeman, and Odie Beeman; sister, Wanda Bear; and niece, Tammy Gage.
Services were Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Loomis Community Church with the Reverend Bob Haskell and John Newton officiating. There was a mounted escort from the church to the Loomis Mountain View Cemetery for the interment, and people were free to bring a horse and ride along.
A fellowship dinner will followed the services at the Loomis Community Church.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of the arrangements.