Teddy Carlyle Beasley came into this world Aug. 14, 1934, in Borger, Texas. He passed into the next Jan. 30, 2008, in Pullman, Wash., losing his battle - fought as only a Texan would - against cancer. He was a kind, loyal, gracious man of uncommon courage.
As the first child and only son of Oma (Fancher) and R. L. Beasley, Ted learned early the value of hard work, perseverance, and generosity to those less resourceful or less fortunate than himself.
Going where the jobs were in 1945, Ted's parents moved their young family from the Texas Panhandle to Coulee Dam, Wash. Ted graduated from Coulee Dam High School in 1951, and later that year married Yvonne Petitt. He moved his young family in 1956 to Pullman, Wash.
For the first year or so in Pullman, Ted attended WSU in the mornings, worked afternoons for a painting company, and moonlighted as a painter at night. Then he became a full-time painting contractor, securing government jobs that put him on the road for weeks at a time. Ted began his real estate career on a part-time basis, while continuing to fulfill his painting contracts. Real estate won out. Ted opened Pullman Realty, now Beasley Realty, in 1969.
Ted's impact and vision as a real estate broker as well as developer can be seen not only from Beasley Realty's office, but also from the offices of other local realty companies - a sizeable percentage of whose agents and brokers began their careers under Ted's tutelage. One of those agents, Melinda (Daugherty) Werner, became his wife in 1976, then Beasley Realty's broker-of-record when Ted retired officially in 2001.
Ted tried his best to "live a little every day" and counted himself lucky to have good choices of where to do that living. He was an unapologetic advocate for Pullman's "quality of life." His place in Cottonwood Bay, where he gladly played host for family and friends at every opportunity, was his favorite spring, summer, and fall location for 30 years. His log home, which he dubbed Lonesome Dove, was the realization of a lifelong dream for a year-round retreat in the woods. Ted enjoyed fishing, Cougar football, and cooking for his family and friends.
His parents and two sisters, Martha Jean and Barbara Joyce, preceded Ted in death. Ted is deeply mourned and survived by: Melinda, his wife of more than 30 years, and her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Molly Werner, and their infant son, Jacob; Yvonne Beasley, the mother of his children; son Ron (wife Dretha) and daughter Jeannette (husband Ron Yockey); grandchildren Justin Beasley (wife Denise), Elisha Beasley, and Eric Yockey; great grandchildren Shawn, Renee, Darius, Katelyn, Travis, and Zoe; his sister Carolyn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Family, friends, and colleagues will sorely miss Ted and his one-of-a-kind approach to life.
A memorial service for Ted Beasley will be held at Pullman Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Ted's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to the WSU Foundation, the WSU Athletic Foundation, or a favorite charity.
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Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.