On March 11, 2019, Mr. Beekman succumbed to complications of Parkinson Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Beekmen was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, on November 25, 1945, to Richard and Dorothy Beekman. He attended Flagstaff schools. He served in active duty in the United States Army, from 1963 to 1966. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War in Company A, 54th Signal Battalion Corps. Subsequently, Kenneth was employed by the Arizona Highway Department, now A.D.O.T., from 1966 to 1996 upon retirement ,as a Civil Engineering Technician.
Mr. Beekman is survived by his wife Deidre Beekman, daughter Elizabeth Flemons Salas, son Kenneth Beekman Jr., step-daughter Catherine Prescott, step-son Gareth Swan. His surviving grandchildren are Ashley Flemons, Zachary Prescott, Lauren Palomino, Alec Prescott, Jessica Beekman, Gabrielle Beekman, and Clayton Beekman. Surviving great-grandchildren are Madesyn, JamarJr.,and Denzel. He is also survived by Patsy Penton and Sandra Clarck , and his ex-wife Viola DeMiguel.
He will be greatly missed by his extensive, loving family and many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley–Ryan House, or the Wounded Warrior Project. Memorial services are planned to be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.