Wayne Mark Beck, 87, of Shelley, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013.
He was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Labelle, Idaho, to Clarence Lee and Elsie Pauline Miller Beck. Wayne was raised with six brothers and sisters -- Merlin, Reva, Ralph, Earl, Clea and Von -- in Archer, where he also attended school. He built lifelong friendships with his peers in Archer and relished telling stories of their exploits growing up.
In January 1944, Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. After training as a signalman at the Farragut Naval Training Station, he was assigned to a troop transport ship and served in the Pacific Theater until 1946, when he was honorably discharged.
Returning to Archer after the war, Wayne courted Zara Z. Hendricks of Lyman, Idaho. They were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Dec. 16, 1947. They made their home in Archer, where Wayne farmed potatoes, wheat, barley and alfalfa for 44 years.
In addition to his occupation, he was active in civic service, including the National Farmers Organization. In 1980, he was elected as commissioner of Madison County, an office he held for six years.
After retiring, Wayne and Zara were called to serve in the Oklahoma Tulsa LDS Mission. They were assigned to the Lamar, Missouri, Branch, where Wayne served as branch president. During their service, an automobile accident claimed the life of Zara and ended their mission assignment.
On Dec. 9, 1995, Wayne married Roxie McMurtrey Cooper in Idaho Falls and moved to Shelley, where they resided in the summers. The couple wintered in St. George, Utah. Wayne enjoyed traveling with Roxie and visited many countries with her. They served as missionaries in Cove Fort, Utah, and twice in Nauvoo, Ill. They were a continual presence in the lives of their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Roxie; a sister, Clea Taylor of Palmdale, Calif.; a brother, Von Beck of Idaho Falls; and his eight children, Carolyn (Doug) Winchester of Ucon, Idaho, Rodney (Rhonda) of Boise, Doyle (Elizabeth) of Idaho Falls, Robert (Peggy) of San Antonio, Layne (Janet) of Smithfield, Utah, Sharon (Steve) Oakey of Rexburg, Bryant (Nathalie) of Round Rock, Texas, and Valynn (Michael) Dismuke of Sandy, Utah; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Zara; his siblings, Merlin, Reva Young, Ralph and Earl; and a great-grandson, Justin Banda.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, May 18, at the Archer/Sunnydell Ward meetinghouse, 201 W. 8000 South in Rexburg. Family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Eckersell Funeral Home in Rigby and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services. Interment will be in Sutton Cemetery in Archer.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.