Duane Beazer, 86, born to Mark and Minnie Beazer in Syracuse, Utah, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2017.
In 1953, he married his sweetheart Donalee (Andersen) in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Devoted to God and committed to his faith, Duane consecrated his life to the work of Christ, touching countless hearts and lives, with a love for all. He faithfully served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including President of the Mesa North Stake. Duane and Donalee served five missions together. He was President of the Oklahoma City Mission, Director of the Mesa Temple Visitor Center, and District President for the country of Croatia. Duane was an Army veteran who deeply loved his country.
His distinguished career as an electrical engineer included, at age 33, managing NASA camera systems on the missions that took the first close-up pictures of the lunar surface, which were critical in preparation for manned landings on the moon. Duane, affectionately referred to as a “rocket scientist”, had the names of his and Donalee’s parents, children, and siblings etched into the metal of the lunar landers, to remain on the surface of the moon.
Duane is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Donalee, and their 10 children: Becky (Steve) Luster, Larry (Janice) Beazer, LeeAnn (Mark) Freeman, Ferrell (Kim) Beazer, Roslyn (Doug, deceased) Kinneard, Carolyn (Dennis) Alldredge, Sandra Beazer, Keith (Heidi) Beazer, Norman (Jane) Beazer, Russell (Betty) Beazer; plus 46 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren; 3 Navajo placement students: Bertha Blackhorse, James Begay, and Harriett Sandoval; and also his 4 siblings: Jay Beazer, Val Beazer, Boyd Beazer, and Linda Snow. His tender love and adoration for his dear Donalee and his family are eternal. Friends and family will miss his love, kindness, wit, enthusiasm for life, and his unwavering example of integrity, faith, and dedication.
All services will be at the Mesa North Stake Center, 933 E Brown Road in Mesa: Friday, July 28 visitation from 6–8 pm. Saturday, July 29 visitation from 8:45–9:40 am, and funeral at 10 am. Interment follows at the Mesa City Cemetery.