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Meet your neighbor – Donald Beauchanp

Where I live: Grass Valley.

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Eight and one-half years.

Do I like living here? I love it. I call it paradise.



What I do in my spare time: I volunteer for the Neighborhood Center of the Arts and St. Patrick’s Church. I do woodworking – I build birdhouses and bird feeders, and I enjoy working in my yard. I also walk for LivingWell Medical Clinic’s annual walk. Last year, I raised $3,660, and this year I’m going to raise a lot more.

My family: I live with my wife, Ann, and my daughter, Roberta, who has Down syndrome. I have six other children, 17 grandchildren, and I have one great-grandchild due (today).




Favorite food: Salads and more salads. I eat everything, but salads are my favorite.

Job: I was in the Navy for 20 years, an interior decorator for 30 years, and I’ve been retired for 8.5 years.

What I like about my job: I was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. I loved it. And as an interior designer, I loved to take old run-down homes and transform them into a pieces of art.

The best job I ever had: Being an interior designer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If I won a million: I’d give the bulk of it to the Catholic Church and help my children.

My greatest accomplishment: Raising seven wonderful children. We’re a close-knit family. They’ll all be in town for our 50th anniversary in August.

What I’d change about the world: Moral value is so lacking. If more people would have a deep faith in the Lord and live that faith, the world would be a much, much better.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: To be faithful to the Lord Jesus and live a good Christian life.

The person who has made the biggest difference in my life: My wife.

My heroes: Jesus Christ and St. Paul.

The best book I’ve read recently: The Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Favorite TV Show: EWTN, Catholic Christian TV.

My favorite music: Christian music.

Why I came to this area: I lived in Oxnard, in Southern California, and the gangs were getting so bad. At that time, I had three children who lived above Reno and I had no desire to go to Nevada. One time on the way home, we stopped in here, found St. Patrick’s Church, and knew this is where we wanted to live.

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Who are your neighbors? If you know of a western Nevada County resident who should be spotlighted in this feature, contact Becky Trout at beckyt@theunion.com or 477-4234.


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