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BECKHAM, Raymond E. 90, died in Provo, Utah, on October 31, 2017 of "TMB"— too many birthdays. He was born February 18, 1927, in Chandler, to Charles and Quintilla Spurlock Beckham, who moved to Chandler in 1911 where Charles was appointed as its first City Marshall. After his father died in 1942, he lived with relatives in Safford for his last two years of high school, but his classmates in Chandler still consider him a member of their graduating Class of 1944 and invite him to attend their reunions—the last of which was their 70th Reunion in 2014 where the surviving nine gathered in Chandler to remember the fifty or so members who had passed away. He was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Utah where he played until he enlisted in the military during World War II. After serving, during which time he converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he attended, played football, and graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and later obtained the PhD degree from Southern Illinois University. He was on the faculty and administrative staff at BYU for 42 years, organizing the University’s fund raising program raising funds for several buildings, scholarship funds, endowments, and the football stadium and basketball arena. He was BYU's first Sports Information Director, co-founded its national Cougar Club organization, founded Aspen Grove Family Camp and Conference Center among other things. He is a member of BYU's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was very active in community service in Scouting, Red Cross, United Way, March of Dimes, Cancer Crusade, and many other charities. He served in Washington, D.C. as Deputy Director of Polling and Planning for the Reagan-Bush reelection campaign in 1984. An active member of the LDS Church, he has been a Scoutmaster, High Councilman, Bishop, Stake President, Mission President (in Alberta, Canada), Regional Representative, member of the Provo Temple Presidency, and a member of several Church general committees. He is survived by his second wife, Janette Callister Hales, and four of his five children, 19 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Janette’s five children and her 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ida Lee Jackson; one son and his wife; and three siblings--all of whom graduated from Chandler High School--Lorraine Peterson Ashe, Anna Laree Self Bushman and Rodric Beckham and his wife, Mildred Jancar. A more comprehensive obituary may be found at and condolences sent to BergMortuary.com
Published on  November 12, 2017
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