Don Laselle BeckOctober 26, 1924 ~ November 2, 2017 (age 93)
Don LaSelle Beck
It is with great sadness that the family of Don LaSelle Beck announce his passing November 2, 2017, at his home in Boise, Idaho at the age of 93 years. Don was born October 26, 1924, to Rulon and Elma Beck in Ovid Idaho, the oldest of 6 children. He is survived by his sisters Valene Beck Burrell of Roy, UT and JoAnn Beck Fuerbringer of Costa Mesa, CA and his brother Robert Beck of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his sister Dawna Beck Conklin of Napa, CA and Jay Beck of Salt Lake City, UT.
He graduated from Soda Springs High School in 1940 and attended Ricks College in Rexburg, ID before joining the Army to serve in WWII. Don was active with the Mars Task Force in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1943 to 1945. Although he seldom spoke about his time on the line, he was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After returning to Soda Springs Idaho, Don married Joanne Mathews on December 27, 1946. From that marriage, Don is survived by his son Jeffrey (Joanne) Beck of Plano, TX; as well as Penny (Karry) Mouser of Beaverton, OR.
Beginning in Soda Springs, Don began a long career in business and sales. Don was always active in the community. He was a member of the American Legion and the Kiwanis club where he served as the local Chapter President, and later as Lt. Governor of the Idaho Division. His interest in public speaking led him to the Dale Carnegie course and in 1959 he became a Dale Carnegie Course instructor, moving to Missoula, Montana, where he directed Dale Carnegie operations for the state of Montana.
After his wife Joanne passed, Don married Barbara Hayter Brandjord on June 8, 1962, and they were together for 56 years. Upon marriage, he became the step-father of her five children, and together they had one more. Don and Barbara successfully created a blended family, and always joked that they had created a real “Yours, Mine and Ours” family. From this marriage Don is survived by Mark Brandjord of Bellevue Washington, Kristin Finley of Spokane Washington, Terry (Marina) Brandjord of Long Beach California, Robin (Brian) Atkerson of Kent Washington, Ruth (Bob) Davis of Alexandria Indiana, and Geri Lynn Beck of Boise Idaho. Don and Barbara have been blessed with 11 grand-children and 3 great-grand-children.
In 1963 he started selling 2-way communications systems for General Electric, and then later took a position selling them for Motorola. That job moved him back and forth between Missoula MT and Spokane, WA, and then on to Boise, Idaho where he eventually retired. After retiring, Don found that he enjoyed working for HR Block as a part-time personal income tax consultant.
Family, friends, football and faith formed the main focal points of Don’s life in Boise. Don and Barbara enabled the family to get together about every three years, starting in 1985. Sunriver Resort in Bend Oregon and Sun Valley in Idaho were favorite sites for these family reunions. The friends Don made in the MARS Task Force started holding annual reunions, so he took on a leadership position in their alumni organization to ensure that the reunions were well organized and the members well informed. Don planned and managed one of the group’s reunions so that it was held in Boise, and he was overjoyed to learn how much the event and the Boise location was enjoyed by the membership. Don was an avid fan of the Boise State Bronco’s football team. He looked forward to following the team’s schedule each fall, and did not hesitate to inform friends and family about changes in the team’s staff or roster, changes in the team’s national ranking, on the caliber of their play. Finally, Don cherished his association with the Covenant Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed being able to serve the congregation as the church Treasurer for over 10 years, and as an Elder.
A Memorial Service in memory of Don will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4848 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, ID, with The Reverend Kevin Starcher and The Reverend Alex Chamberlain officiating. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Don to St. Luke’s Hospice of Boise ID, or Covenant Presbyterian Church.