Donald Earldean Beck

November 20, 1942 - July 15, 2006

Mr. Donald Earldean Beck, age 63, of McKinney, Texas passed away on July 15, 2006 in Plano, Texas. He was born on November 12, 1942 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Granville Monroe and Viola (Long) Beck. He married Marilyn Marie (Prentice) on December 21, 1962 in Greenville, South Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Beck was an electronic engineer and was a member of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Beck of McKinney, Texas; sons, Larry Dean Beck and wife, Sheryl of Frisco, Texas and Randy Trent Beck and wife, Charny of Katy, Texas; daughter, Rhonda Kay Black of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Gary Dudley Beck of Edmond, Oklahoma and William Monroe Beck of McCloud, Oklahoma; sister, Mary Inez Cornelius of Midwest City, Oklahoma; and grandchildren; Adam Beck, Evan Beck, Kylie Black, Megan Beck, Hallie Black, Allyson Beck, Ashley Beck, Cort Black, and Abigail Grace Beck . Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his parents and an infant child. A celebration of Don’s life will be 11:00 AM, Friday, July 21, 2006 at Prestonwood Baptist Church Chapel in Plano with Rev. Dennis George and Dr. Randy White officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Thursday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Memorial may be made to the Hope of the Cross Ministries, PO Box 701882, San Antonio, Texas 78270.

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Don was my partner in life for 43 years and 7 months. It is difficult to think of living life without him. Words will never be able to express how much I loved him, and how very much I will miss him. He was always there for me and for his family -- always faithfull. He loved the Lord and life decisions were made after much prayer. He loved his children and his grandchildren so very much. Each of our three children and their spouses, and each of the nine grandchildren were special to him -- he was so proud of everyone; and he was never happier than when the granchildren were around him. He was always quiet, but fun-loving, and always wanted to help and serve others wherever he was. Many wondered why "things" didn't matter to Don, but he had his priorities in the right place, and was always satisfied with what the Lord gave him. Don exemplified, in his life; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Although not recognized on this earth, Don laid up his treasures in heaven. Because of his life, I was saved, his children all know the Lord and are serving Christ, and several of his grandchildren have already accepted the Lord as their Saviour -- to God Be The Glory!! Honey, I miss you greatly, and will always love you with all of my heart! Marilyn Beck, August 18, 2006 Rhonda, Larry, Randy, and families- I am so saddened to hear about your dad! I was reading the Carthage paper and I was shocked as I read the news. My prayers are with you all. I wish I knew something to say that would help, but there is nothing. I will continue to pray for your healing, and I am so sorry for your loss. I can't begin to know how you feel, but I empathize. I was just telling someone the other day about taking piano lessons from your mom, Marilyn, and how I was not a very good student!! It required a lot of patience on her part! I hope you are all well, and if there is any way I can help, let me know! Love always, Robin Robin Anderson Gaines, August 11, 2006 Dear Marilyn, Our company motto at Optima Technologies is "Serving One Another to Serve Our Clients" founded upon the Biblical principle of having a servant's heart in the world in which we live. As President of Optima Technologies, I would say to Don: "Well done thou good and faithful servant!" I trust this will be our Lord's greeting to Don as well. Thank you for the priviledge of sharing Don with us for the past 7 years. It was an honor to work with him. May God's grace sustain you in the days ahead. Jim Egan, July 24, 2006 I was in shock to learn of Dons passing. Please be assured of my thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult time. Don was a special man who will be missed by all who had the privilage of knowing him. Greg Wilber, July 24, 2006 Don was a joy to know and to be around. He was loved by us and by those who were fortunate to know and be around him. He will be missed, but God had a plan for him! He is going to be sorely missed here on earth! Our love goes out to Marilyn and all his children and Grandchildren. He loved them all so very much! Jo & John Clements, July 20, 2006 Marilyn, we were so saddened to hear of Don's death. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God bless you and your family. Chuck & Ann Green, July 20, 2006 It took me by shock when I heard of Don's passing. Don was a faithful employee at Optima for six years. His dedication to his work and his commitment to his customers are irreplaceable and a lasting testimony to his faith in Christ. My condolences go out to Don’s family, but with a reminder that they will all be reunited in eternity. II Corinthians 5:8 David W Curtas, July 20, 2006 We had the honor of knowing Bro Don and his family while they were in Carthage. We are deeply saddened by the loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. William Hanson & family, July 19, 2006 On behalf of the administrative staff at the Dallas Office of Information Field Office, I would like to say that we were saddened by the news of Mr. Beck's passing. He was our "Service Rep" for the last couple of years. He was always so nice, polite and gave the best "customer service" possible. We will miss seeing him. Our sincere condolences go out to his entire family. Susan Estes, July 19, 2006 This is to convey my condolences to the Beck family, especially Marilyn who was always very supportive to Don and all others at DSC and Alcatel. I have fond memories of Don & Marilyn over the years and my prayers are with you over this grieving time. With my deepest sympathy, Bob Pittfield, RMSH Engineer (972)516-3116 Bob Pittfield, July 19, 2006 We have many fond memories of Don from our Sunday school Class at Prestonwood. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Sam and Judy Sims, July 18, 2006 Don was such a friendly, hard working man. He was never too busy to say hello or ask how things were going. Always offering to remember you in his prayers. The thing about Don that I remember most is how much he loved his family. He loved to share stories and would always beam with pride. He will be deeply missed. Vanessa K. Slay, July 18, 2006 My dad was the most giving and humble of all. He modeled love and commitment in a marriage of more than 43 years. He loved his kids and he loved my kids! He was a hands-on Papa. Words cannot express the love and respect I have for my dad. Randy Beck, July 18, 2006 Randy, Charney and family. We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that we will be praying for you and your family. We love you. Jan & Frank Jan & Frank Thomas, July 18, 2006 I've heard grace defined as God's limitless resources in Jesus Christ to meet us at our point of need. May that great grace be yours today and always!! Alan Hovland, July 18, 2006 Marilyn I am very sorry to hear that Don has passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Renee Judd, July 18, 2006 We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Our prayers are with each of you as you go through this tough week. May all your memories give you peace, comfort and laughter. Al & Nelda Smith, July 18, 2006 Randy, Charny & Girls, We love you and are praying for God to wrap His arms around your entire family during these hard times. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you all. Jim & Julie Savage, July 18, 2006 Larry & Sheryl: How sadden we are here at Woodridge Baptist Church to learn of your great loss. Please know that our church will be praying for God's peace and comfort to uphold and strengthen you. May you sense His presence like never before! God bless you all! Your Brothers & Sisters In Christ at Woodridge Baptist Church Robilyn Pettit, July 18, 2006 It was my privilege to serve as Don's Sunday School teacher for the past 1 and 1/2. During that time I greatly admired his love for the Lord and his family. All his children are serving the Lord, which is a tremendous testimony to Don's example. Clark McNatt, July 17, 2006 Dad was a quiet, humble, hard working man. He loved God, and his family. We don't know how to go on, but we will in his honor. Dad-we love you. We're so proud of who you are. We'll see you soon. Say hi to Jesus for us. Larry D Beck, July 17, 2006