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Howard Dean Beeman Jr.


1943 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Howard Dean Beeman Jr. Obituary
June 15, 1943 - June 22, 2014

Howard Dean Beeman, Jr., died peacefully at home on June 22, 2014 in the loving care of his wife, Susan Pelican and their children, Ezra Beeman and Rachel Pelican after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born June 15, 1943, in Woodland, CA. Howard, "Zeke" to most everyone that knew him, was the firstborn child of Anna Marie (Sieferman) and Howard Dean Beeman.

Howard attended Holy Rosary Academy and graduated from Woodland High School in 1961. In 1965, he married his first wife, Martha Howard, and their son, Howard Beeman, III was born in 1966. After earning his Bachelors Degree in Engineering at U.C.Berkeley in 1966, Howard entered the Army as a First Lieutenant, trained as a paratrooper, and served for one year at Tay Ninh, Vietnam, in the Army Corps of Engineers. He was discharged from the army with a bronze star. On returning to civilian life, he was devastated at the dissolution of his marriage and began a search for a new direction.

In 1972 he became one of the first 32 California Organic Farmers certified by the Rodale Press. He was a pioneer is organic farming, one of the first to transplant processing tomatoes in the 80's.

In 1973 Howard married Susan Pelican, and together they bought and moved to his maternal grandmother's farm, the Sieferman home place, so that he could raise rice, his favorite crop.

Early on Howard became interested in the work of German philosopher Rudolf Steiner who developed systems of farming, education, and medicine. He and Susan enrolled their firstborn in the (Steiner) Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks, and decided to build a local school for Rachel when she was ready for kindergarten. Together with a small group, they established the Davis Waldorf School. Howard was the lead in locating the school at its permanent site, and in the designing and construction of the first buildings, as well as being its first administrator.

In the late 1990's Howard turned his attention to National Politics and determined to run against the current Congressman who had defeated the Glass Stiegal Act. He ran in the primary in 1998, but lost. In 2000 he ran in the (reapportioned) 3rd district in Sacramentoa very spirited and professional campaign but lost to his opponent.

Howard is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan; his daughter, Rachel Pelican; his sons, Howard Beeman III and Ezra Beeman, as well as Howard's partner, Cyndi and Ezra's wife, Ceri and their children, Sydney, Ezekiel ("young Zeke") and Eden Beeman. Also by his brothers, Mike and Donald Beeman, and by his sister, Kevan Beeman.

He was predeceased by a son, Simon Francis who died an infant in 1978; and by two sisters, Sue and Betsy Beeman.

He is having a home funeral in Nevada City, where people are invited to visit and help accompany his soul as it leaves the body and goes to the spirit world. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 26 at noon in Woodland at the Woodland Funeral Home, 305 Cottonwood St. Interment will follow at the Woodland City Cemetery, 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Davis Waldorf School from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Published in Daily Democrat on June 26, 2014
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