Donald R. “Don” Beech, also known as Santa or Tie Dye Guy, died May 31, 2016, at his home in Roy, Wash., following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
He was born June 15, 1933, in Meadow Grove, Neb. He was a longtime resident of Enumclaw, graduating from Enumclaw High School in 1952. He served in the Navy Reserves for 21 years, was a model maker at Boeing for 41 years and was an active member in the Enumclaw Jaycees during the 1960s and ’70s. He enjoyed cars, woodworking, genealogy, sailing, traveling, tie dye and always had a funny story to share. Since 2007 he enjoyed spreading joy to others and was Santa Claus at Macy’s; he felt it was the most rewarding job he ever had.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Martha Beech; children Pennie Beech-Helm, Michael Beech and Heather Beech Treat; stepchildren Allison McCallie and Ian Nagy; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by former wife Jacky Beech and stepdaughter Debbie Beech Sciven.
Services are planned for Sunday, June 12, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed immediately by a funeral service. Graveside services then follow at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.