Dave Beasley May 11, 1934 – May 6, 2005
Dave Beasley passed away near his home in Parachute on May 6, 2005. He was born in New York City on May 11 1934, to Joseph David Beasley and Mabel Doris Sanderford-Beasley. Dave was raised in Houston. He married Judith Melba Nall on Oct. 30, 1965, in her hometown of Andalusia, Ala. They lived in Denver for two years, then moved to Parachute in 1967 and have lived there since then. An entrepreneur and inventor, Dave and Judy had several successful business ventures, most notably the Trading Companies, encompassing four gift shops. Not content to be idly retired, Dave was recently working on his newest project, Cloud 9 Enterprises.Dave gave countless hours of public service to the community. A 20-year veteran of the Parachute Volunteer Fire Department, he served a term as chief and many years as an EMT and fireman. A dedicated public servant, Dave was the town marshal from 1968-71, town trustee 1981-85 and 1994-96, mayor 1986-94, mayor pro-tem 1996-2004 and a member of the planning and zoning board since 2004. At the time of his death, he was president of the Bluestone Water Conservancy District Board, on which he served for six years. The last 10 years of his life, Dave and his dog could be seen in the old blue flower truck, voluntarily watering and tending the 52 barrels of flowers that brightened the corners around town.Dave is survived by his wife,; daughter Jennifer Weaver, of Houston; son Chris (Amy), of Parachute; sister Doris Martin, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and four grandchildren: Zara, of Houston and Jesse, Zachary and Allie, of Parachute. Friends, business associates and many other relatives in other states will also miss Dave.Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center in the old Parachute high school gymnasium. Interment will follow in the Russey-Hurlbert Cemetery in Parachute. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Dave Beasley Memorial Fund at any Alpine Bank. Cochran Memorial Chapels has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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