Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Marine, miner, fisherman, story-teller and faithful son of God, Armond Henry Beers, 86, passed away at home of natural causes on 16 April 2019.
Armond, named for his maternal grandfather, was born in Ogden, Utah, on Halloween 1932 to Arthur Gordon and Clara Hortense Rose Beers, completing their family with his two older sisters, Clara Lou and MaryLynn. Despite the concern of his maternal grandmother that there was no good end as a Halloween baby, Armond thrived, graduating from Odgen High School in 1950, then choosing to join the United States Marine Corps in 1952 to serve his country and the cause of freedom on the front lines of Korea. Honorably discharged in 1955, he returned to Utah to put the GI bill to good use obtaining an education, starting with a B.S. degree in mining engineering from the University of Utah and completing a Ph.D. in geochemistry in 1970, also from the University of Utah, specializing in precious metals, particularly gold. Lucky for him, he found a profession where he could spend his life playing outside in the dirt. He did it well, covering the globe analyzing situations for worldwide development companies, such as Homestake, Morrison-Knudsen and Simplot. In a break from travel and development, he spent several years teaching mining engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and directing the U.S. Bureau of Mines in that region. From such a lengthy education and so many travels, he met many whose friendships he treasured for the rest of his life.
After a quick 5-week engagement, Armond married Virginia Steiner on 8 May 1964 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They enjoyed nearly 55 years together, making homes in Utah, Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania and Idaho, bringing 5 children along for the ride, later to include 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren - so far.
His education did not end at the graduation for any degree. He was a voracious reader on all subjects and in all genres, from scriptures to history, biography, mining and Harry Potter with his grandchildren.
A strong man of faith - more in a life lived than in words spoken - he loved his God, his country, his family and doing what’s right, often regardless of sacrifice and personal cost. Service to family and fellowman is just one of the legacies he leaves. He was a lifelong active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in multiple positions, loving most teaching Sunday School, at which he excelled, guiding the 11-year-old scouts at age 83, and working in the Boise Idaho Temple with his loving companion. Notably, he had a way of finding those most in need and quietly helping them along their way.
His greatest accomplishment other than his testimony is his family. He is survived by his wife Virginia, his 5 children, Bryan (Amy), Rachael, Jennifer (Jim) Thurber, Elizabeth (Jay) Wilcox, and Joshua (Summer), his 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many beloved brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He loved time with family most, sharing Oreo cookies, hot chocolate, telling stories, or walking the beach along the Oregon coast. Armond was preceded in death by both parents, sisters and their husbands.
In respect of his long-held personal wishes, the family will welcome friends and family at a viewing on Saturday, 20 April 2019, at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise, Idaho 83706. No formal funeral service will be held; instead a graveside service will honor him on Monday, 22 April 2019, at Farmington City Cemetery, 500 S 200 E, Farmington, UT 84025. All are welcome.