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Bruce Robert Beeman

December 31, 1946 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Bruce Beeman Obituary

Bruce Robert Beeman, 77, passed away on March 6, 2024, in Cancun, Mexico.

Bruce was born on December 31, 1946, in Seattle, Washington to Robert and Ernestine (Archibald) Beeman.

Bruce lived his life in Oregon ending up in Lakeview and later added Puerto Morelos Mexico as places he called home.

Bruce served in Vietnam Nov. 1966 to June 1968 under US Army AUS UNASG. After returning stateside, he served in the Oregon National Guard.

Bruce's father worked for the US Forest Service and was the District Ranger in Butte Falls. Bruce spent his early years in Union Creek and Butte Falls.  Bruce recounted many fond memories growing up in rural timber country. Bruce remembered helping fight wildland fires as a young boy alongside his father using a wet burlap bag. In 1957 his father was transferred to Portland Regional Office. And so, Bruce became a “city boy”. He ran around with his lifelong friends and graduated from Wilson High School in 1965. Even at a young age Bruce had a dream to travel the world. He started going to Mexico at 16 with his lifelong friends always stopping at his family friend Louise in Castro Valley before returning to Portland. He later extended his travels with friends to Asia. He attended college at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. 

Bruce first came to Lake County while in college and worked a summer at the Harvey Ranch. He came to love the country, the cows, the hunting, and the people. After a short stint in the Portland area first as a loan officer at a bank and then as part owner at an import store he returned to Lake County. He was hired by Ross Callaghan to work at the River’s End Ranch in Summer Lake. In the winter Bruce would coyote hunt. He finally settled down and became an excellent pump and pivot man creating Aquaduct Industries. He was good at his job and local ranchers waited for his return from his annuals trips out of the country to a warmer climate. Bruce even went to Saudi Arabia to build pivots in the desert.

Bruce returned to his favorite place Puerto Morelos where he met the love of his life, Rita Lilia Fernandez Rivera (Lilia). They were married Oct. 2, 2006. It was the happiest of times for Bruce. He and Lilia returned to their winter home in Mexico as soon as the weather turned cold and snowy.

Most of all Bruce loved telling stories in that slow drawl and a glass of whiskey or rum.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife Lilia. There are numerous Beeman relatives living throughout the US. Louise Turney was a special friend to the family and helped with the raising of young Bruce.

Lilia has two adult children from a previous marriage, son Eliu Morgan and daughter Nisha Morgan Fernandez. Bruce was Grandpa Bruce to 5 grandchildren who he enjoyed spending time with. Calab Elias Morgan, Lilian Elena Morgan, Saul Lozano Morgan, Diego Avial Morgan and Elisa Avila Morgan.

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