Memorial Service Scheduled

 A memorial service will be held for Joe Bean at Texas State Teachers Association building, Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 2:00  to 3:30 at 316 W. 12th St., Austin, TX  78701

     Joe Patrick Bean, age 51, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Lamar, died December 24, 2009 at Brackinridge Hospital in Austin.  He died as a result of a severe head injury sustained in a fall in the parking garage where he worked, followed by a massive heart attack.

     Joe was the son of Pat Bean and the late Sherrell Bean of Lamar.  He attended Lamar Elementary and High School, but was a graduate of St. Paul’s Lutheran High School and Jr. College of Concordia, Missouri.  He graduated from Concordia Lutheran College in Seward, Nebraska with a BA in history and from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

     Joe taught for several years at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin.  He later attended the University of Texas where he received a Masters degree in journalism.  Following that he worked for newspapers in San Antonio, Texas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Victoria, Texas.  He used to contribute articles to area newspapers.

     At the time of his death he was employed as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Texas State Teachers Association in Austin.

     Survivors include his mother, Pat Bean of Lamar; two brothers and their wives, Shaun & Sandy Bean and Ron & Tracy Bean, all of Liberal, Missouri; seven nieces; one nephew;   and a host of friends.

     A memorial service will be held at a later date at Daniel Funeral Home.  The family requests memorial contributions to Grace Lutheran Church of Lamar or the Seton League House, 3207 Medical Parkway, Austin, TX  78705-1056.  (This is a place where people can stay for a minimal cost while they have family in Austin hospitals.)


#63 Green Slopes Community Austin, TexasLoretta Guerrero Perez-Ross 2010-02-01 12:34
Joe was a good man and a good neighbor. He will be missed by many.
#62 Green Slopes Community Austin, TexasLoretta Guerrero Perez-Ross 2010-02-01 12:33
Joe was a good man and a good neighbor. He will be missed by many.
#61 Green Slopes Community Austin TexasLoretta Guerrero Perez-Ross 2010-02-01 12:24
Joe was a good man and a good neighbor. He will be missed by many.
#60 Austin, TexasLaura Warrick 2010-01-30 21:44
Professor Bean guaranteed that not one of us would get an A in his journalism course, and I will never forget the semester's worth of writing that I did to try to prove him wrong.

I'm saddened by his loss, and wish that somehow he knew the impact he made on my writing and thinking. His encouragement and high expectations helped me see the world differently, and I am thankful.
#59 Victoria, TexasWendall Wilson 2010-01-27 20:47
Joe and I were friends from the moment we met. Of course, we had to find our way through certain thickets -- like, whether the advantages of technological "advances" were completely unalloyed (we never made it to the clearing on that one), but the thrashing through was exciting. With Joe there was always something to argue about! I'm glad the work that engaged him at the end was Union work. Solidarity forever, Joe!

Wendall Wilson, AFT Local 1600
#58 Victoria, TXWilbur Collins 2010-01-26 09:04
To the Family and Friends of Joe Patrick Bean: The number of friends who have already sent expressions of sympathy, is testimony to the popularity and love that they shared with Joe. I only knew Joe through friends of the Victoria Bach Festival. However, I knew that he was not only intelligent, but willingly shared his enthusiasm for music and the humanities.

Wilbur Collins
#57 Killeen, TXLori Buckner 2010-01-15 15:04
I was very saddened to hear about Joe
#56 Burleson, TexasLetha Grace McCoy 2010-01-12 08:39
Joe was a very special member of the Texas State Teachers Association Staff. He understood that there was a Texas State Teachers Association-Retired group. He was always there to make suggestions and help us with our needs. I would like to express my sincere sympathy to Joe's family and friends.

Letha Grace McCoy
Past President
Texas State Teachers Association-Retired
#55 Nixa, MOChris Dale 2010-01-11 10:07
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
#54 USAAlan Washburn 2010-01-10 20:07
I wish to express my deepest condolences. Joe was about my sister's age and the went to Lamar school together.
Joe had terrific intelligence.

Ron and I visit occasionally which is most always a real treat.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Joe's family and friends.
Alan Washburn

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