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     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 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until service time.


      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.)





#5 Austin, TXMichael Zieschang 2010-03-30 21:03
I had Joe as a professor of history when I was a 26 year old freshman at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin. I got a F in that class. This was too much for me. He taught the course at a Jr or Sr level, many complained and I retook the class the following year and made an "A". He was a year younger than I was. I had a little problem with that.
#4 Springfield, MODustin Rose 2010-02-18 12:58
Joe is my first cousin and has always held a special place in my heart. When our Grandparents passed away, it really hit me hard. I still remember Joe taking me by the arm and walking me down to the pond on our Grandparents farm, and consoling me, and letting me know that everything was going to be ok, and that our Grandparents are in a better place. I will never forget that.

You will be missed Joe.
#3 Lamar, Mo 64759Alan Washburn 2010-02-17 21:08
Our family's sympathy to your family.
Joe was about my sister Jane's age and she always remarked about how smart he was. A Bean Trait.
We wish you the best in this long drawn out ordeal.
The Washburn family
#2 Salina, KSJason Gage 2010-02-17 19:37
Joe is my first cousin and took me and my two brothers to our first KC Royals game when I was in 3rd grade. That was a pretty cool thing for a 19 year to do for his cousins! Joe will be missed.
#1 Joplin MOG.G. Schubert Mathis 2010-02-17 07:43
It's always hard to find the right words when friends lose someone special, but I hope these words bring you comfort---God is big, and He is there for you. Praying for your family right now.

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