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Donald Charles Beall


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Donald Charles Beall Obituary
On Friday, November 18th 2016, Donald Charles "Don" Beall passed away peacefully in his home in Torrance, following 80 years of living life on his own terms and enjoying every minute of it. He is survived by his wife Mary, his children Donette, Scott , and Suzanne Beall, his stepdaughters Lynn Elias and Mandy Parkes, five grandchildren and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Zertha Beall, and brother Kenneth Beall.

Born in the original Torrance Memorial Hospital, Don was a lifelong resident of the south bay. He grew up exploring the rugged backcountry of California with his father and the beauty of Yellowstone National Park with his grandfather who worked as a park guide. After serving in the Army, Don worked in real estate before owning several different south bay bars/ restaurants. He was proudest of his partnership with Ray Cobb in the Raintree. As his long time friend, Ron Newman said "It was the hottest nightclub in the Southbay." He and other area bar owners knew each other well and together held legendary parties, frequented Las Vegas, and remained friends throughout the rest of their lives.

Whenever possible, Don could be found outside, hunting, fishing, camping, and golfing with those he loved most. He had a gold claim and mined for gold in the community of Downieville, although he would later joke that it didn't quite make him the millionaire he expected to be. Don was also a longtime member of the National Shoot To Retrieve Association (NSTRA) where he competed in field trials that took him all over the United States and led to lifelong friendship with both his hunting partner Don Lee and his champion dog, Cody, who held a very special place in his heart. Don passed his love of the outdoors to his children, in particular his daughter Donette who took countless hunting and fishing trips with her dad throughout her childhood and adult life.

Don met his wife Mary in 1983, and they were married in shorts and sandals at Harrah's Laughlin in 1996. Together they loved to golf, take road trips, listen to county music, and to visit the occasional casino. Up until his death, they remained partners and best friends of 33 years.

Throughout his 80 years, Don lived life to the absolute fullest. He established and maintained friendships with people from all walks of life, many of whom shared his love for rum and diet cokes, Hank Williams, football, video poker, and sharing stories at the Hermosa Saloon. His generosity, storytelling, compassion, and zest for life will be missed by so many who loved him dearly.

Donations in Don's memory can be made to Peregrine Hospice in recognition of the loving care Don received at the end of his life. In particular, the family would like to thank Dr. Norma Sarao for her incredible dedication to her patients.

At Don's request, his family will spread his ashes in one of his favorite hunting spots outside of Frazier Park.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 8, 2016
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