Kenneth Bruce Beauchamp

June 21, 1956 - September 17, 2014

 

Kenneth Bruce Beauchamp was a beloved grandfather, dad, husband and son. He was a longtime resident of Princeton, TX where for the last seven years he held a seat on the city council. He served 10 years with the Princeton Fire Department and was an honorary fire chief. Mr. Beauchamp died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 58.

Mr. Beauchamp was born in Dallas and graduated from South Garland High School in 1974. Three years later he went to work as a draftsman for GTE, now Verizon, where he had a successful career spanning more than three decades as a lineman, cable splicer, construction manager and local manager where oversaw crew maintenance and installation as well as general customer service. “He retired and it only lasted a few months. He was going to work until the day he died and that was just his way,” said his son, Brian Beauchamp.

Mr. Beauchamp was a prolific hunter, a sport he enjoyed sharing with his son.”He was a different person when we were at the deer lease. He wasn’t a manager, a supervisor. He was my dad. Everything went away and we had me and him time,” his son said.

Mr. Beauchamp’s love for his family surpassed all of his other passions. A recent grandfather, Mr. Beauchamp could often be found at his son’s home fishing or boating with his three grandsons.

“He was a really good hunter. He gave strong bear hugs. They were so strong,” said his first grandson, Wyatt Beauchamp. “He loved me to death.”

Mr. Beauchamp is survived by his wife, Glenda Beauchamp, son, Brian Beauchamp and wife, Stephanie of Graham, TX, daughter, Jessica Beauchamp and husband Jacob of Dallas, TX, daughter, Jennifer Beauchamp and her partner, Brooks of Dallas, TX, mother, Christeen Beauchamp and mother-in-law, Betty Wyatt. Mr. Beauchamp has four grandsons, Wyatt, Weston, Will and Daniel as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A lifelong friend, Bobby Krannig, also survives him. His father, Scott Beauchamp, his uncle, Kenneth Kimbrell and his father-in-law, Walter Glenn Wyatt, precedes him in death.

A viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Princeton. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church followed by a burial at Princeton Cemetery. Daytime visitation will be held Friday and Saturday at Hurst’s Fielder-Baker funeral home in Farmersville.

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My heart is very saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. Bruce and I went to Junior High together and were very close friends, then I moved away and lost touch. Praying for the family to have comfort and strength during this time and upcoming days ahead. Debbie L (Ulrich) Todaro, September 20, 2014 I attended several council meetings and Bruce always seemed to be considerate in wanting to do the best for town citizens. He also spoke only when he had something important to say, so he did not waste time. He seemed to be fair and level-headed. He will be missed. Trish Donaghey, September 19, 2014 Glenda sorry for the loss of your husband. May God comfort you and your family in this difficult time. God Bless Berta Matthews, September 19, 2014 I just want to thank everyone for all the love and prayers you've given our family during this time of tremendous loss. We greatly appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers during this time. My uncle was truly a great man. Donna Herrick , September 19, 2014 For reasons unknown, which cannot be explained, he was taken from us. A giant of a man is now in good hands. he will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May peace and remembrance be with you as you start your next journey in life. Roger Adams, September 18, 2014 I had the honor of serving on the City Council with Bruce. He gave so much to our community and will be missed greatly. May God bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Helen Lawson, September 18, 2014 Words cannot express how sorry i am for ya'lls loss. Please now im here for ya'll for anything you need or just to lend a shoulder. May God bless you with peace and comfort for all the days to come. love ya'll Shawnna Purser, September 18, 2014