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Douglas Harold Beck

Douglas Harold Beck
  • October 20, 1923 - January 19, 2017
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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Douglas Harold Beck died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on January 19, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 93.  Douglas was born October 20, 1923 in Papalote, Texas to Odin James Beck and Cecilia Agnes West Beck at the R. L. West Homeplace.  His grandparents were Robert Lee West and Agnes Gregorczyk West of Papalote and Jacob Johan Beck and Lina Matilde Zahl Beck of Normanna, Texas
     Douglas grew up in Papalote at the Homeplace that was established in 1882 by his great grandparents, Richard Lyons West and Ellen Moss West and on Omaha Drive in Corpus Christi. He graduated from Corpus Christi College Academy in 1941.  Douglas attended Texas A & M at College Station until he joined the Merchant Marines in March of 1943.  He navigated ships during World War II primarily in the Pacific using only his sextant and the stars.  He was honorably discharged in 1945. 
     He met Bing Barton in Galveston upon returning from sea and they married on October 27, 1951.  Together they had three children Sandy, Tye and Frank.  Douglas and Bing were married for 56 years and he remained by her side until her death in 2008.  
     Douglas, his father and brother established O. J. Beck and Sons General Contractors in Corpus Christi.  Their construction company built numerous iconic buildings such as Martineau Juvenile Hall, Kaffie Middle School, Windsor Park Elementary School,  Travis Elementary School, portions of Spohn Memorial East, portions of Spohn Shoreline, Robstown Riverside Hospital, Galvan Ballroom, Sundeen School, Ada Wilson's castle addition to her home, Ada Wilson Crippled Children's  Hospital, Perpetual Adoration Chapel at the Original Bishop's Home on Ocean Drive, Carmelite Day Nursery and St. Andrew by the Sea Catholic Church on Padre Island.   Douglas took great pride in the quality of work on job sites and the sweat equity he personally put into every job.  
     Douglas was sentimental, respectful, efficient, frugal,intelligent, honest, energetic, thoughtful  and funny. His passions were fishing, ranching, genealogy, designing and completing one of a kind, such as a tool, barbecue pit, piece of furniture or recipe. He outlived most of his friends and was spunky, strong willed and kept his sense of humor until the end including his astute political analysis.  He was a one-man entertainment system but he also had a wealth of helpful knowledge and wisdom that he selflessly shared.  His values included children, family, friends, precious memories, live oak and pecan trees, boats, ranching, construction, a sharp knife, a good flashlight, plenty of mesquite firewood, law enforcement officers, carpenters, mechanics, heavy equipment operators, safety, cattle, a good bull, horses, dogs, photographs, fair winds at sea and a good rain to fill up the stock tanks.  The privileged  that visited him often left with the pleasure of savoring his famous brisket, fried red snapper, fried oysters or oyster stew.  A frequent motto he said at a meal he served was "Eat plenty and give the ship a good name."   A special friend remembered Douglas by saying "Mr. Beck did things to help me I didn't think people did for other people…he was that kind of man"   He had a zero tolerance policy for liars, thieves, bees, raccoons, rattlesnakes, laziness and bulls that didn't earn their keep.   
Douglas is survived by his daughter Sandy Beck Mills, son Frank Douglas Beck and his wife Cathy, grandchildren Audra Marie Beck, Jerrod Douglas Mills, Rebecca Cecilia Mills and great grandson Kyson. He is preceded in death by his wife Bing Beck, son Tye Douglas Beck and his brothers Junior Beck and Buddy Beck.  
Pallbearers will be Chuck Anderson, Butch Beck, Tommy Breland, Mike Featherling, Flavio Hernandez
and Bill Peterson.
Honorary Pallbearers are Glendon Bushong, Hal Conroy, Retired Assistant Police Chief Jesse Garcia, George Graham, Felix Ibarra, Hugo Ibarra, Jerrod Mills and Charlie Richardson.     
Many thanks to Monsignor Seamus McGowan for his frequent visits with Douglas in the hospital, the Nurses and Staff at Spohn Shoreline Hospital, especially to Dr. Crystal Garza and to Douglas' cousins, extended family and dear friends that came to relive the joys of their years together with Douglas.
Though Douglas is physically no longer on this earth with us, he will eternally be in our hearts. Help someone, play a good prank on someone, make someone laugh, go fishing or spend time out in the country with your loved ones in his memory. Make time to visit an old friend or family member that you haven't seen in years. 
Visitation will be from 6-9pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.