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Obituary: Maurice "Bud" Beem


Maurice "Bud" Beem

Maurice "Bud" P. Beem III, age 57, passed away on February 28, surrounded by family in Valdez. Bud had been valiantly battling cancer. He stayed positive and cheerful during his battle. He enjoyed listening to his rock and roll every day.

Bud was born on March 13, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. He received his GED in 1977 and entered the Army in April of 1977. He served in the military until 1980 and received an honorable discharge as a Private First Class "Rifle Expert."

Bud worked at various jobs in California before moving his family to Alaska in the summer of 1984. He homesteaded land in Slana while working in the canneries in Valdez. He then moved his family to Girdwood and worked at Alyeska Resort in the maintenance department. His next adventure was moving to Anchorage briefly, then on to Wasilla and lived there for several years. Bud spent his last years in Valdez where he called home.

Bud loved spending time with his five children and three grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, having barbecues and most of all his music.

Bud was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. Bud is survived by his mother, Martha Jo Kimball and stepdad Kenny Kimball of Oregon; sisters Lorita Salaets of Arizona, Peggy Wagner of Florida, Tammy Johnson of Colorado, Trudy Ann Beem of Kentucky, Carrie Calvin of Sitka; children Warren Beem and daughter-in-law Melinda Smith of Valdez, Brandon Beem of Valdez, Melissa Beem of Florida, Jonathan Beem of Missouri, Kenneth Beem of Missouri; grandchildren Logan, Keytin, Declan Beem of Valdez; longtime companions Becky Julian of Anchorage, Amy Harding of Missouri and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at the Valdez Veterans Memorial on May 26, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. A celebration of life potluck will follow at the Elks Lodge backroom at 4:00 p.m.


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