Randy R. Beck, 55; Lewiston

     Longtime Lewiston resident and businessman Randy R. Beck passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Randy was born Dec. 10, 1955, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, to Mr. R. and Marge Beck.
     He rode home to Orofino from the hospital in his dad's logging truck. It was on this trip that his love for the great outdoors began. His mom and dad were very.proud of their little logger man. Randy spent the first six years of his life in Orofino and Pierce.
     Randy moved to Lewiston in 1962 and attended first through sixth grade at Orchards Elementary School. He then attended Sacajawea Junior High School and Lewiston High School, from which he graduated in 1974.
     It was in the ninth grade, in 1969, that Randy met the love of his life. They dated all through high school and were voted the king and queen of hearts their senior year in 1974. Randy loved sports and played football, basketball and baseball in high school, as well as American Legion baseball during the summer. He was voted Mr. Hustle his junior year in football and was captain of the football team his senior year.
     Randy and his wife were married June 18, 1977. He was self- employed most of his life as the owner of numerous travel agencies in Lewiston, Spokane and Post Falls, Idaho. He had more than 100 employees during the course of his career and loved them all very much. Most recently Randy had been in financial services as a mortgage broker and private real estate lender.
     He was a past board member of the Valley Boys and Girls Club from 1983 through 1987. He was vice president of the board and was one of the first chairpersons of the annual club auction. He was also a board member of the Lewiston Roundup Association and a member of the Rocky Mountain Travel Association, for which he traveled in the United States and abroad to promote regional tourism. He was an active member of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and the Rocky Mountain Sheep Foundation.
     Randy enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman in every way. Some of his fondest memories were hunting and fishing with his family, and he has passed his love of the outdoors on to his children.
     He is survived by his wife; a son; three daughters; father; his siblings; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and their families, who he loved dearly. Preceding Randy in death were his son Ryan and mother Marjorie.
     Randy felt so blessed to have many friends and family. His motto was, “Make today a better day than yesterday.” We all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, because as he well knew, so many people made a difference in his.
     Randy wished to extend a special thanks to the many health care providers who helped him during his treatment. He cared very much for all of you.
     A celebration of Randy's life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Valley Christian Center 3215 Echo Hills Drive in Lewiston.
     Memorials may be sent in the name of Randy Beck to the Jackson Baldwin "Pay It Forward" Foundation at 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.
     Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vassar-rawls.com.

Lewiston Tribune, December 26, 2010
Transcribed by Kerry Kasza

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