Paul A. Beach

Paul A. Beach, 66, of Garza County died Sunday November 14, 2010 at his private airport. For those so fortunate to know him, Paul was an unparalleled character. Traversing Texas in his Boeing Stearman, we came to know Paul at Ranger in 2008. He had been a fixture at Ranger since and was a great advocate of the airfield throughout the duration. His booming voice, without equal presence, and funny punch line will be missed.

Paul was born Feb. 18, 1944 to Paul A. and Mary Kay Bird Beach at Long Beach, California. He was raised at Las Vegas, Nevada and on the family ranch 14 miles east of Post, Texas. He graduated from the Bishop Gorman High School and later received his Associate Degree. In 1961 he joined the U.S. Army and was in the Special Forces. After serving three years, he began flying and completed his pilot training school in Arizona.

Paul married Kathy Eggers on October 9, 1965 at Las Vegas, Nevada. He went to work for North Central Airlines in 1966, becoming one of the youngest pilots to ever fly for a commercial airline. He continued with them through changes and mergers to finally retire from Northwest Airlines. With the airline he lived in Michigan and the Atlanta, Georgia area. In 2003 he moved to and operated the Beach Family Ranch. Still having his love for airplanes he obtained his Airframe & Powerplant and Inspection Authorization certifications. He opened Beach Aviation, Inc. at the Slaton Airport and later moved it to the ranch. Paul was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association for many years and had been very active in the workings of the association.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kay Bird Beach in 2001 and his sister, Diane Kay Beach in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Beach of the ranch; two sons, Paul Allen Beach II of Treasure Island, Florida and Patrick Andrew Beach and his wife, Rachel of Durango, Colorado; one daughter, Pamela Anne Beach Kramer and her husband William Kramer of Dallas, Georgia; his father, Paul A. Beach and his wife Janice Beach of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren, Esme Beach and Myles Beach, both of Rumney, N.H., Lindsey Kramer and Henry Kramer, both of Dallas, Georgia and Cullen Beach and Leighton Beach, both of Durango, Colorado; one half-sister, Karen Larson and her husband Steve Larson of Mesa, Arizona; his brother in law, Don Eggers and his wife Mary Eggers of Carson, California; one uncle, Jimmy Bird and his wife Ada Lou Bird; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Post. Bo Jackson and Dr. James Bell officiated. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Paul Beach and his good friend Lee Doggett prepare to depart Ranger for west Texas

Paul visits with a pilot and his granddaughter during the Ranger Airshow & Fly-In

Paul gives a joyride to Ranger Airshow attendee Debra Pearson

Sunset on the Stearman

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About Jared

Jared Calvert is a volunteer caretaker of Ranger Airfield. He is a commercial rated pilot and owns several flying and project vintage aircraft.

One Response to “Paul A. Beach”

  1. Paul, You were a great inspiration to many. Continue to soar through the clouds.

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