WOODLANDS, Texas — LaMarr Daniel Beatty, 81, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2014 in The Woodlands, Texas.
He was born May 16, 1933 in Bellevue, Ohio to Ralph and Dorothy Beatty.
He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy.
LaMarr and Arabella (Belle) were married on June 15, 1957 in Hagerstown, Maryland. Their first years of marriage were spent in Hampton, Virginia where LaMarr joined the Space Task Group, tasked with starting America's manned space program.
In 1962, NASA transferred LaMarr and his young family to Friendswood, Texas so he could help with the startup of the Manned Space Center, which later became NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.
He went on to support the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs as part of the Field Test Section of the Technical Services Division. His group was involved in supporting pioneering projects, engineering qualification testing and flight activities of the Manned Space programs.
LaMarr retired from NASA in 1988 after 37 1/2 years of government service. He then spent another six years working at DeWalch Technology in Houston. In 2013, LaMarr was inducted into his high school alma mater's "Halls of Excellence" award for outstanding alumni who have excelled in their chosen profession.
He also served as an Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Marshal, Friendswood High School Band Booster president, and Boy Scout leader.
LaMarr was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Beatty.
He is survived by his beloved wife Arabella, and two children, son Glenn (Monica) of Round Rock, Texas, daughter Andrea Leger (Bryan) of Houston, Texas. and his three precious grandchildren, Bryson Beatty and Kendall and Andrew Leger. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn K. Miller (Clayton) of Bellevue.
A celebration of LaMarr's life will be held on Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist at 6363 Research Forest, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.
Donations may be designated in LaMarr's honor to Christ Church United Methodist's "Young at Heart" Seniors.