Meet your neighbor – Donald Beauchanp |

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.


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

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