Kenneth Daniel Beatie sponsored obituary |

Kenneth Daniel Beatie sponsored obituary

Kenneth Daniel Beatie

1916 ~ 2006

Graveside services for Kenneth Daniel Beatie of Rough & Ready will

be conducted for family and friends at 2 p.m. Saturday October 28,

2006 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley. Mr.

Beatie died Thursday, October 19th, at home following a brief Illness.

He was 90.

Mr. Beatie was born in Stockton, CA on February 16, 1916, to Daniel

and Lucy Beatie. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1933.

Following his graduation from College of the Pacific in 1937, Mr. Beatie

joined his father in the ownership and operations of Marysville Tractor

and Equipment Company (later Tenco Tractor), a Caterpillar dealership.

He and his college sweetheart, Helen Margaret Arbogast, were married in

June, 1940, at the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

While the family resided in Marysville, Mr. Beatie was very active in the

life of the community. He was a Rotarian, served on the Rideout Hospital

Board, and was the leader of Boy Scout Troop 21 for 15 years. Mr. Beatie

believed his years of scouting and mentoring hundreds of boys was one of

his most meaningful life accomplishments. In 1952, he helped establish

the Glacier Trails Boy Scout Camp for the Buttes Area Council and later

founded Donner Mine Camp, formerly the Zeibright Mine, located in

Bear Valley. Today, Donner Mine is a non-profit camp used by numerous

charitable organizations for camping programs and retreats, including

a much acclaimed music camp for junior and senior year high school

students from throughout California.

In 1955, the Beaties moved with their three children to their home in

Rough & Ready. The family became active in a number of organizations

in Nevada County, among them 4-H, Boy Scouts, Rainbow Girls,

Demolay, PTA and the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, where

Mr. Beatie served on the Board of Trustees. He also served for thirty years

on the Board of Regents of his alma mater, the University of the Pacific

in Stockton. Several of his fellow regents dubbed him the “Mayor” of

Rough & Ready.

The Beaties were members of Alta Sierra Country Club and the Empire

Mine Club. They enjoyed motor home travel and made numerous

trips throughout the United States and Canada. The family were early

organizers and participants in Rough & Ready Secession Days. Mr.

Beatie and his sons restored the old Bunker Hill Mine and miner’s cabin

on their property. On Secession Day, Mr. Beatie would don his miner’s

garb and give tours to dozens of fascinated visitors, passing around gold

nuggets and coins while telling the story of The Gold Rush in Nevada


Mr. Beatie had a life long interest in turning new ideas into tangible

results. As a teenager he designed and built a rear engine automobile,

called Tear Drop, that he constructed with pipe, airplane fabric, and glue.

He built the family’s first travel trailer and, during his years as a Caterpillar

dealer, designed and built several pieces of specialized construction

equipment. At age 55, he took up flying and thereafter commuted from

the Nevada County Airpark to his Pleasant Grove office’s private airstrip.

His favorite and most demanding hobby was stained glass work. For

twenty years, Mr. Beatie designed and crafted hundreds of stained glass

pieces in the Tiffany style, including windows, lamps, and momentos.

His windows can be seen at the North San Juan Methodist Church, as

well as in numerous private homes across the United States. Mr. Beatie

frequently created and donated smaller pieces for charitable auctions and

as gifts.

Mr. Beatie is survived by his daughter Karen Wood of Rough & Ready;

son and daughter-in-law Gordon and Lindy Beatie of Rough & Ready,

son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Anne Beatie of Meadow Vista; his

sister Bethel Stilwell of Medford, OR, eight grandchildren and five great

grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Lucy

Beatie in the 1970’s and by his beloved wife Helen in 2003.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Foothills

Building Fund, the Rough & Ready Volunteer Fire Department Building

Fund, and the Grass Valley United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Graveside arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver

Mortuary. Family and friends are Invited to an Open House at the home

of Karen Wood immediately following the graveside service.

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