Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Former Mackay Idaho Resident, Lester Olin Bean Passes September 1, 2010 in Hillsboro, Oregon

Lester Olin Bean was born April 11, 1930 in Spokane, Washington, the son of the late Gilbert R. Bean and Maude E. (Whitmore) Bean. He was raised and received his education in Seattle, Washington, having graduated from Roosevelt High School, Class of 1948. Upon his high school graduation he attended Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri; Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho; and the University of Washington, from which he received a Master's Degree in Library Science.

He was united in marriage to Melva L. Richardson on October 9, 1952 in Mackay, Idaho. Following their marriage they resided in the communities of Mackay, Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho, until 1962, when they moved to Oregon. They settled in Hillsboro, where they made it their home for the past forty-eight years. They celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary this past October.
Lester had worked as an English Teacher for Jefferson Junior High School in Caldwell, Idaho for five years, until they moved to the Hillsboro community. He worked as a librarian in the Hillsboro School District 1J at J. W. Poynter Junior High School, East Junior High School, the Hillsboro Mid High School and Hillsboro High School for 30 years until 1994 when he retired. He was a true Spartan, having been the voice of the Spartans for 20 years for both football and track. As a young man, Lester sang in a quartet in Missouri. He also sang in the First Baptist Choir for many years and then in the Concord Singing Group.
He was an active member of the Beaverton Foursquare Church. He was an active member of the Hillsboro Friends of the Library and volunteered for several years at the Shute Park Library. He also volunteered with the S.M.A.R.T. reading program at W.L. Henry and with the A.A.R.P. , volunteering to assist seniors with Tax Preparation at the Hillsboro Library.
Among his special interests he enjoyed reading, camping and supporting their children and grandchildren activities.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Melva L. Bean, of the family home in Hillsboro, Oregon; his four children and their spouses, Deborah and Steve Boschma, of Kuna, Idaho; Dr. Gregory and Robyn Bean, of Forest Grove, Oregon; Brian and Ronda Bean, of Hillsboro, Oregon; and Jill and Dale Rohr, of Hillsboro, Oregon; his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Doug Agee, of Mesa, Arizona; and his three brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren Bean, of Boise, Idaho; Ron and Susan Bean, of Redmond, Washington; and Chuck and Kathy Bean, of Duvall, Washington.
Also surviving are his twelve grandchildren and their spouses, Joel and Lisa Boschma, Ryan and Jessi Boschma, Jacob and Megan Boschma, Amanda and Tim Puckett, Alyson and Kyle Kinzler, Katelyn Bean, Hayden Bean, Amber and Brett Harrison, Cory Bean, Samantha Hodge, Jonathon Rohr and Kendall Rohr; his seven great-grandchildren, Brandon Harrison, Drew Harrison, Addison Harrison, Caleb Boschma, Benjamin Boschma, Levi Boschma and Ethan Boschma; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be made to the Hillsboro Friends of the Library, c/o LibraryFoundation, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County, 900 SE Oak Street #202, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123, in his memory.

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