Gaylon Wayne Bean, 80, longtime resident of Idaho Falls, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. He left life as he lived it, with dignity.
He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Sugar City, Idaho, to Ruby Dayton and Joseph Wayne Bean.
He spent his youth and was schooled in Iona. He earned a B.S. degree at Idaho State College in sociology and economics and was a graduate of the Army ROTC program.
Gaylon served in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., and South Korea. He was involved in successful businesses Western Wholesale Supply, Design Gallery and Western Transport. Gaylon was a loving father and grandfather, and the brightest sparkle in his eye was the love of his life--his wife, Lucy.
He is survived by a brother, Arlen K. Bean; two children from a prior marriage to Judith Green, Judith Anne (Ed) Wicher and Michael Wayne (Deborah) Bean; two stepchildren, Christy (Richard) Fejer and David (Jenny) Kempner; and nine grandchildren, Sarah Wicher and Emily Wicher West, Matthew, Jacob, Courtney and Jonathan Bean, Alex and Eric Fejer, and Logan Kempner.
Gaylon loved the out-of-doors and sports. After an accident left him without the use of his legs, he refocused his interests and priorities. Gaylon loved life and inspired and mentored many people and was always the best friend anybody could have. With a "can-do" attitude, he never found a challenge he wouldn't take. He often recited poetry in a deep and resonant "made-for-radio" voice. Gaylon's favorite poem by RL Sharpe speaks of his attitude about life: A Bag of Tools Isn't it strange How princes and kings And clowns that caper In sawdust rings And common people Like you and me Are builders for eternity Each is given A list of rules A shapeless mass A bag of tools And each must fashion Ere life is flown A stumbling block Or a stepping stone A celebration of Gaylon's life will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at 2585 Fieldstream Lane in Idaho Falls. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given to the Idaho Falls Public Library, The Haven or the Soup Kitchen of Idaho Falls.
Online condolence for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.