JANUARY 2, 1948-SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
GREW UP IN VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA
SERVED IN THE ARMY AS A WARRANT OFFICER IN VIET NAM FOR 8 YEARS
HE WAS A LOACH SCOUT PILOT, WHICH WAS A LOW-FLYING HELICOPTER LOOKING FOR THE ENEMY. IT WAS A VERY DANGEROUS MISSON EACH DAY HE SERVED.
WHILE SERVING IN THE ARMY HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR FOR MISSIONS THAT SAVED FELLOW SERVICEMEN.
WHILE STATIONED IN HAWAII HE MET HIS FIRST WIFE DIANA MERIWETHER AND MARRIED HER IN HAWAII.
MOVED TO NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY HAD THEIR FIRST CHILD GORDON JOHN BEATTY lll AND 2 YEARS LATER HAD THEIR DAUGHTER LISA DANIELLE BEATTY.
MOVED TO COLORADO AND FLEW HELICOPTERS FOR PTARMIGAN DOING WILDLIFE SURVEYS.
HIS NEXT POSITION WAS WITH THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO FLYING LONG RANGER HELICOPTERS TRANSPORTING EMPLOYEES TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS. SEVERAL YEARS LATER HE WAS REASSIGNED TO FLYING LEAR JETS WHEN THEY ELIMINATED THE HELICOPTER PROGRAM.
AFTER HIS MARRIAGE TO DIANA OF 12 YEARS, HE MET BRENDA BARCUS WHOM HE MARRIED IN 1988, AND SPENT THE LAST 34 YEARS TOGETHER. THEY HAD NO CHILDREN TOGETHER BUT MANY ANIMALS ALONG THE WAY.
GORDON AND BRENDA LOVED TO TRAVEL AND TOOK MANY MEMORABLE TRIPS AMONG SOME ARE HAWAII, FLORIDA, BELIZE, MEXICO, ALASKA, AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. FUN FACT…. WHILE IN ALASKA THEY TOOK A SMALL PLANE INTO A SALT MARSH ENCOUNTERING SEVERAL GRIZZLY BEARS! BRENDA LOVED ANIMALS AND GORDON WENT ALONG FOR THE ADVENTURE.
AFTER HE RETIRED, HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON COMPUTERS, AND COOKING AND WAS FASCINATED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY. HE WAS RELENTLESS IN THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! HE LOVED TO ENTERTAIN AND WOULD MAKE CERTAIN THAT ALL HAD PLENTY OF DRINKS, FOOD, AND DESSERT. HE WAS GENEROUS AND LOVING AND GIFTED IN SO MANY WAYS AND HE COULD FIX ANYTHING…ANYTHING!
GORDON WAS FUN-LOVING, KIND GENEROUS, AND INCREDIBLY LOYAL. HE LOVED HIS ANIMALS AND THEY LOVED HIM.
There will be a memorial service on October 24th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at The Natural Funeral, located at 102 W. Chester Street in Lafayette, Colorado. Should you wish to send flowers please call The Lafayette Florist at 303-665-5552 to be delivered the morning of October 24th to The Natural Funeral.
Please R.S.V.P. for the memorial service on October 24th by emailing Mique at email@example.com by Friday, October 20th.
In lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate to:
Gordon had Marfan Syndrome and had a successful surgery and recovered about 6 years ago. We are grateful to this organization for the help we received during his diagnosis and recovery.