Myron Joseph ("Joe") Beard

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JOE BEARD OCTOBER 26, 1924 - DECEMBER 6, 2013 Myron Joseph ("Joe") Beard passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at the El Castillo Retirement Community after a brief illness. Joe was born on October 26, 1924 near Santa Fe to Earl and Lutie Beard in a small adobe house that his father built while homesteading near the New Mexico Penitentiary. One fear his mother had was that the cows would hurt the boys. One day she got quite a start when she saw Joe crawl into the corral with the cows. He was OK. When Joe was about 5 years old, his family moved to Santa Fe so that he and his brother could attend school. His teen years were filled with adventure. Joe left school at 15 and began his wanderings throughout the West taking on numerous jobs. One of his jobs was working on a combine crew, moving around working on different fields and sleeping in barns. When the combining was done, he went to Clovis and worked on an airfield tamping down dirt by hand. Other jobs included running a rock crusher machine, working on the railroad by driving trucks and hauling dynamite. Another job was working on a farm milking cows, hauling grain, and pitching hay. Joe had many memories from those jobs that he easily shared with his friends at El Castillo. Joe volunteered for the Navy in July 1943 and attended boot camp in Norfolk, Virginia. He served in both Europe and the Pacific. While on break during World War II, Joe liked to call telephone operators just to have someone to talk to. During one of those calls he met Ava and one conversation turned into two, then three and finally more. They carried on a long distance relationship after he returned to the war. Joe and Ava were married on April 3, 1946 in San Diego just after his ship docked. At a party in Santa Fe following their wedding, Joe was required by his friends to take Ava in a wheelbarrow around the Plaza. That was probably the most exciting ride she ever experienced! They had 63 years of blissful life together always at each other's side. After returning to Santa Fe from the war, Joe worked as a mechanic at a number of Santa Fe automobile dealerships, finally being employed by Santa Fe Motors. He worked there for 32 years, serving much of that time as service manager. During this time he was involved in numerous local chapters of national and international civic groups including Civitan (president), Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club International (president) and the Masons. Joe was a dedicated member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. Over the years he contributed to the church through his volunteer work and membership on many committees. Joe and Ava were members of the Nomad Sunday School Class which brought both of them spiritual and personal joy. For over 20 years, Joe and Ava sponsored international students for from two weeks to a year at a time. The students came from all over the world including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, India, Brazil, Columbia and Ecuador. In addition for several years, Joe volunteered with Ava, welcoming tourists at the Bienvenidos booth on the Plaza. Through the years he and Ava would plan trips somewhere in the world. Together they traveled to the countries in South America of Brazil, Ecuador, and Columbia; and the countries in Europe of England, Germany, Greece, Russia, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and Denmark. On his last overseas trip he accompanied his son, Myron, to Argentina. With that trip, Joe had gone from Canada, the northernmost North American country, to Argentina, the southernmost South American country. He was really proud of this. With Ava, Joe relished planning and holding parties at their house each year. Often the parties would have a theme, such as Halloween, potlucks, and movie nights when popcorn was served and movies would be shown. Joe loved serving as the bar tender. Joe is survived by his two sons: Myron of Denver, CO and Michael of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandsons: Steven, David, Andrew, and Matthew; and two brothers: Jesse of Farmington, NM and Neil of Las Cruces, NM. He will be dearly missed by family and friends alike. Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 14 at St. John's United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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