BEATTIE, Sergeant First Class
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Clifford E. Beattie, 37, of Medical Lake, Washington went home to be with the Lord on May 22, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq due to combat related injuries. He was born on January 3, 1974 in Tempe, Arizona the son of Victor and Rhonda (Fleming) Beattie of Medical Lake, Washington. Cliff served proudly in the United States Army for over 17 years. He joined the Army from Washington in February, 1994. His military career assigned him to Fort Benning, Fort Drum, Fort Wainwright, Fort Lewis, Fort Leonard Wood, and Fort Riley. He was deployed to Haiti to support Operation Uphold Democracy with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry. Cliff was deployed to Sinai, Egypt in support of Multi-National Forces and Observers mission to facilitate the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry. He was part of the Army's first Stryker Brigade Combat Team that helped develop and demonstrate the capabilities of the Stryker to the Secretary of Defense with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry. Cliff was deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry, and deployed for a second time to Ad Dujayal, Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry. He was redeployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn with the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade. He was awarded numerous military decorations and was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and an Iraqi Campaign Medal Campaign Star. Cliff received his Eagle Scout Rank in the Boy Scouts of America on April 14, 1992 at RAF Upper Heyford, England.
He is survived by his wife of two years, Karen (Gorgas) Beattie, of Fort Riley, Kansas; his children, Jaydean Hamilton and Dale Beattie of Yelm, Washington from a previous marriage to Samantha (Hamilton) Beattie; his three sisters, Misty (Beattie) Carson of Medical Lake, Washington, Anna Beattie of Medical Lake, Washington, Jamie (Beattie) and Kenneth Coon of North Pole, Alaska; and his Grandmother, Florene (Connolly) Beattie of Mesa, Arizona.
Cliff was an avid fisherman and enjoyed watching Nascar racing, playing soccer, and spending time with his kids. The last few years he became involved in "Bringing Children Home Charity", a religious charity dedicated to assisting families in need of financial support in local, national and international adoptions.
A Memorial Service with full Military Honors will be held for Clifford Beattie on Saturday, June 4th, at 10 am held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10405 West Melville Road, Cheney, Washington.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tamoka Christian Church, 1151 West Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 for the Bringing Children Home Charity.
The family is being served by HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON.
Published by Spokesman-Review from Jun. 2 to Jun. 3, 2011.