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Beyer passed away peacefully with his wife Sandy by his side at the Canyon Valley Care Center in Green Valley, Ariz., one day after his 81st birthday. On March 31, 2011, Beyer suffered a massive stroke while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After being air-lifted home, his wife Sandy became his primary caregiver, dedicating herself to making his life as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

Beyer was born in Rochester, N.Y., and spent his youth and career years in St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, New York and New Jersey. A lifelong St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, he was an accomplished skier, tennis player, and baseball player. After graduating from University City High School in Missouri in 1948, he was offered a chance to play outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals or the Chicago White Sox farm teams. Ever the practical one, he instead attended Washington University in St. Louis in 1949 where he earned his BA in Business and then a Master's degree from Northwestern University in 1954.

Beyer's successful business career included management and personnel positions with Martin Marietta, Flextronics, American Management Association, Ingersoll Rand and others. He authored numerous professional articles, journals and papers along with two management books, "The Dynamics of Supervision" and "Frontline Leadership," both published by McGraw Hill.

After retiring as Director of Personnel from Ingersoll Rand in 1983, Beyer moved to Martha's Vineyard, where he'd spent his childhood summers and vacationed for decades. For six years, he owned and operated the Captain Dexter House bed and breakfast in Vineyard Haven, with his second wife, Patricia. In 1991, the two moved to Tucson at which time Beyer semi-retired and taught business management courses for Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.

In 2003, Beyer married Sandra Spahr and became a full-time Green Valley resident.

Beyer was an avid reader and enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals and University of Arizona Men's College Basketball. More than anything, classical music brought the most joy to his life, especially the works of Mozart and Hayden. He traveled widely and considered Martha's Vineyard, the Colorado Rockies, Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Costa Rica favorite destinations. In his spare time, he enjoyed volunteering at the Green Valley Animal League.

Beyer is survived by an extended family including his wife Sandra Parker, former wives Lara (Patricia) Marshall of Arivaca, Ariz., and Marjorie Parker of Simi Valley, Calif., and four married children: Laurel (Steve) Simon of Lambertville, N.J., Jeffrey (Kyle) Parker, of Riverside, Calif., Whitman (Jo) Parker of Jacksonville, Ore., and Lindsey (Scott) Palladino of Simi Valley, Calif. He is survived by five stepchildren: Tracy, Leeann and Roger McCarren and Gary and Russell Pence. Surviving grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great grandchildren are: Katrina Puffer, Sunday Parker, Devin and Drew Palladino, Boston, Bella and Briley Parker, Grace Puffer, Danielle McCarren, Dylan and Sarah Wilke and Ashely, Travis, Taylor, Grayson, Dylan, Kaitlyn and Logan Pence. Beyer leaves behind two surviving first cousins with whom he was especially close: Martha Bagwell and Pauline Wassler as well as several second cousins.

A celebration of Beyer's life is planned for early 2013 in Green Valley. Contributions in Beyer's name would be appreciated to the Animal League of Green Valley, 1600 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, AZ, 85614. The family wishes to thank the incredible medical/caretaker/hospice staff at Tucson Medical Center, HealthSouth, Access Wisdom Home Care, Odyssey Hospice Care and Canyon Valley Care Residence of Green Valley.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 27, 2012