Donald Jack Beauregard, beloved husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2010 from complications due to pancreatic cancer, at the VA Medical Center, Community Living Center in Grand Junction, Colo., at the age of 82.
Donald, beloved son of Archie Eugene and Elva Wheeler Beauregard, was born Nov. 11, 1927 in Bishop, Calif. and attended Bishop Union High School.
In 1945, at the age of 17, Donald joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1949. He was a Machinist Mate 2nd Class stationed aboard two destroyers, the USS Stack and the USS Hollister. During his service, he participated in “Operation Crossroads,” ordered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test the effect of the atomic bomb on naval vessels. The two atomic bomb tests were conducted at the Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands. Donald also served in the Asiatic-Pacific, American Area, China Service, and the Occupation of Japan. After his service to his country he attended the University of California Berkeley from 1950 to 1954, majoring in mining engineering.
He married his sweetheart, Velma Maurine Bowerbank, from Oakland, Calif., in Bishop, Calif. on Feb. 11, 1950. They were later sealed in the Logan Utah Temple on Aug. 22, 1950. They resided in Oakland, Calif. while he attended UC Berkeley.
After college they returned to Bishop. Donald worked as a mining engineer in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. He moved his family to Moab in 1977, where he resided until his death.
Donald always maintained his love for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, even when away in the Navy and living away from Bishop. He was always very patriotic and had a special place in his heart for animals, both big and small. He enjoyed the outdoors with family and friends, including hunting, fishing and camping. He was a good provider and loving father who set a good example for his eight children.
Donald is survived by his wife, Velma Maurine, wife of over 60 years, and his eight children, Donald E. (Rose) Beauregard of Farmington, N.M., Sandra E. Beauregard (husband Billy Pearl) of Albuquerque, N.M., Larry A. (Susan) Beauregard of Taylorsville, Utah, Alan W. Beauregard (companion Glenda Johns) of Sacaton, Ariz., Paul D. (Karen) Beauregard of Glendale, Ariz., Linda G. (Richard) Simmons of Logan, Utah, Jay C. (Debbie) Beauregard of Bountiful, Utah, and Jon S. (Barbara) Beauregard of EIko, Nev. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Evelyn Barnes of Citrus Heights, Calif., 40 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Archie E. Beauregard, mother, Elva W. Beauregard, brother, Charles Eugene Beauregard, and grandson, George Flores.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane, in Moab. Friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be at 12:15 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2651 Spanish Valley Drive, in Moab.
Dad, we love you, and already miss your presence in our lives. We know you will continue to watch over us, and the gift we offer you is to live our lives by your example, in the hope that we will live with you again.