Justin R. Beebe
Age: 26 • Bellows Falls
Justin R. Beebe, 26, of Deemont Road passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 while fighting the Strawberry Fire at Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Justin was born in Springfield, VT on February 1, 1990, the son of Sheldon and Betsy (Burrington) Beebe. He was a 2008 graduate of Bellows Falls Union High School and attended a post-graduate year at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT. He called himself a mountain man: From fly fishing to hunting to hiking and more, he was always outside and an avid outdoorsmen. He was an intense and talented athlete who excelled in ice hockey, soccer, baseball, and snowboarding. He knew how to live and love life and those he shared it with. His favorite pastime was planting apple and oak trees at his family's Vermont camp, and meticulously caring for them each year. His sidekick lab, named Boo, followed him wherever he went and the two of them knew how to make everyone they met feel extremely lucky to have crossed their path. He wanted so much to be a hot shot, so he hit the road to meet with many crews and left them each with a can of his family's homemade maple syrup so the superintendents' would remember the "Vermonter". His family and friends know he would have won the best mustache contest at the end of the season. He truly was living his dream thanks to the Lolo Hotshots. He was a bright light that God needed more than us. Please take a long walk in the woods to honor him.
Justin is survived by his parents Sheldon and Betsy Beebe, his sister Jessica, and the love of his life, who he was planning to marry, Jennifer Zaso.
There will be a memorial service at the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. There is also a memorial service for Justin in Missoula this weekend on Saturday, August 20th at 11am at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, 700 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT. Both services are open to the public.
Memorial gifts/donations can be made either to the Justin Beebe Memorial Fund which is set up to award scholarships and assist organizations who specifically assist children with dyslexia to get outdoors, learn sportsman skills, and connect with nature to help them find a path to success in life much like Justin found. Checks can be made payable to the Justin Beebe Memorial Fund and sent to 10 Deermont Rd., Bellows Falls, VT 05101. Another organization the family would like donations to go to is the Wildland Firefighter Foundation who has been so helpful to the family and other families who have lost their loved ones in the line of fire duty. Donations can be made here wffoundation.org
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Published by The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 19, 2016.