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Joseph Richard Bean

March 26, 1922 — May 11, 2014

Joseph Richard "Rick" Bean passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family May 11, 2014 in Cedar Hills, Utah at the Charleston assisted living facility where he resided for the past 2 ½ years.
The oldest of four siblings, he was born in Garland, Utah on March 26, 1922 to Joseph Marquis and Permilla Rogers Bean, who shortly thereafter moved to Salt Lake City. Richard grew up in Salt Lake and graduated from East High School, where he excelled in geography and a capella choir and developed a lifelong talent and love for singing, which in turn blessed and enriched his life, as well as those of his wife, children, and countless others. He entered the University of Utah in 1940 and graduated in 1947, interrupted by service in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. Commissioned as a Naval Reserve officer at Columbia University Midshipman School, he served his country on active duty aboard Landing Ship Tank LST 709 through several World War II Pacific campaigns.
He married Betty Marie Booth on June 20, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple; they had six children: Mark Bean, Barbara Wallace, Douglas Bean deceased, Marianne Barker, Susan Bird, and Laurie Hart. From 1956 to 1972, they lived in Pueblo, Colorado, where Rick worked for a pharmaceutical firm, subsequently returning to Utah to open and manage two Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream stores in Logan.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Richard served in several positions, including Bishop, Stake High Councilor, and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He served two missions with Betty, one in the Roseville, California Mission and one with Deseret Industries in Logan.
His long life of work, service, and intellectual engagement was complemented by a love of sports, nature, and the outdoors. Camping and fishing trips with immediate and extended families and close friends have left a rich legacy of memories and similar appreciations among many of those who knew him. He left a prominent mark on the larger community, as well, serving in River Heights as a judge and as a member of a popular barber shop quartet that regularly performed throughout Cache Valley.
Rick is survived by his brother Merrill, five aforementioned children, 21 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy, and brothers Roger and David.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the River Heights Stake Center, 800 S. 600 E., River Heights, Utah. A viewing for friends and family will be held prior to the service from 10:30 – 11:30. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.nelsonfuneralhome.com . Memorial contributions may be made in Rick's honor to the Douglas Ralph Bean Scholarship at Utah State University, 1420 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322-1420.
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