DONALD RAYMOND BEAN
Donald Raymond Bean passed away peacefully with his wife Linda by his side on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Roseburg, Oregon. He was 89 years old.
Donald was born February 14, 1929, in Long Beach, California, to parents Ray and Gladys E. (Smith) Bean. He was the youngest child with two older sisters, Betty Lou and Inesse. After graduating from Wilson High School in 1946, he worked at McDonald Douglas before enrolling in college. Don was the first male nurse to graduate from Long Beach City College. He began working as a R.N. at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital in 1957.
Don’s greatest achievement was his life-long dedication and service to the Boy Scouts of America. Don began his Scouting career in June 1941, when he was 12 years old – the minimum age to join Boy Scouts prior to 1947. He first attended summer camp at Camp Tahquitz in Idyllwild in 1941. He moved on to Explorer Scouting when he turned 15. In February 1949, he earned the Explorer Ranger Award, the highest rank in Explorers and roughly equivalent to the rank of Eagle Scout. Between 1946 and 1950, he earned 12 merit badges. Don was initiated into the Tribe of Tahquitz, the Honor Scout organization of the Long Beach Area Council, in 1948.
As an adult, Don worked in leadership roles with a variety of units including Scout troops and Explorer posts. In the mid-1950s, Don began to focus his time with the Tribe of Tahquitz as an adult advisor and business manager. He helped out with recordkeeping, bookkeeping and went along on road trips. He came into his own in the mid-1960s and was ever-present until the early 1980s. He became known to generations of Tribesmen during this period as “Uncle Don.” Although he was never anointed with a title, he established the position of Business Manager that was bestowed on later individuals in that role. He served as the Tribe Advisor throughout much of the 1970s. He was acknowledged for his extraordinary service to the Scouts with the Silver Beaver Award in 1979. Don continued volunteering his time for the BSA National Jamboree, working with the National Exhibits group until 2010. He made many treasured life-long friendships.
In 1987, Don retired 30 years to the day after his employment at the Long Beach V.A. Hospital. That same year in November, Don married Linda J. Felt in Roseburg, Oregon. They continued to live in Roseburg for over 30 years where they shared their home with their beloved Dalmatians.
Don was an avid book collector and was interested in Native American history, especially the Hopi Tribe. Don also enjoyed time in Idyllwild, California, where as a young man, he helped his father build a cabin in the San Jacinto Mountains. A favorite landmark for him was Lily Rock located near the cabin. In recent years, Don enjoyed volunteering his time at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR, and was a big supporter of their animal education department.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Gladys Bean; and sister, Betty Lou (Frank) Spencer. He is survived by his wife, Linda J. Bean; his sister, Inesse Duarte; sister-in-law, Ann (Bill) Hanstad; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America or Wildlife Safari. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date.