Kenneth Jay Beckwith
Kenneth Jay Beckwith, our beloved father, grandfather and brother, passed away at his daughter’s home in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 12. He was 84 years old.
Ken was a mechanic, millwright welder and accomplished pilot. He retired as the maintenance supervisor of the PP&L coal-fired power plants west of the Mississippi in 1990. He returned to school and earned a Certificate of Higher Education in Jet Aircraft Maintenance and got a job repairing jet engines. He became an expert in ballistics and was a lifetime athlete.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Harrison Beckwith and Rosa Belle Blair; his wife, Patricia Mae Beckwith; his brothers, David Beckwith and Richard Keith Beckwith; his granddaughter, Stephanie Gil; and his daughter-in-law, Tammy Beckwith.
He is survived by his three children: Lisa Rae Beckwith of Boise; Lori Jae Beckwith of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; and Richard Warren Beckwith of Rock Springs. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Nolan Letellier of Boise, Idaho; his sisters: Diane Castleton and her husband, Neil, of Pocatello, Idaho; and Sheila Reeder of Seabeck, Washington; his grandchildren, Claude Sageon Beckwith and wife Hannah of Olympia, Washington; August Aschel Beckwith of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Luci Letellier and Finch Letellier of Boise; Melody Rose and her husband, Mike, of Colorado; and Cameron Hill of Denver.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the LDS Church in Mountain View, 116 4th St. A family viewing was held at 1 p.m.