Stan Beasley “Steamer” of Turlock passed away peacefully at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House on November 6, 2018 with his wife Barbara at his side.
Born in Edmonton, Kentucky, moved to California when he was only 4 years old. He grew up in Turlock. He was a gifted athlete and graduated from Turlock High School, where he played 4 sports and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He went on to Modesto Junior College where he was also inducted into their Hall of Fame. He attended San Jose State on a football scholarship and was honored as the Most Valuable Player of 1955-56 for football and went to the NCAA playoffs his Junior/Senior years in baseball. Following graduation he was drafted by the army and played on the Generals’ Fort Ord football team which was sent to play in Europe. While in Europe took up boxing, subsequently winning the Army’s middleweight Championship.
Stan was devoted to his family and loved spending time playing golf, fishing, playing cards with friends and growing a huge garden to share with all! His passion was COACHING! He began coaching at Palma High School in Salinas for two years, then Patterson High School befores moving to Turlock High in 1967 where he coached for many years , taking an early retirement in 1992. He mainly concentrated on football and baseball but also coached a few years of basketball and track.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 58 years, Barbara. Children, Rick Beasley of Loomis, Shelly Koski (Brian) of Half Moon Bay, Pam Tyler (Tom) of Turlock. Grandchildren: Brett, Jordan & Scott Tyler, Mason & Carlie Beasley and Derek & Haley Nazar.
Stan was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Luekemia/lymphoma and passed knowing God was waiting for him. He was known for his quiet nature, infectious smile and compassionate spirit that made a great impression on everyone he encountered.
Stan requested his body be donated to medical science.
A “Celebration of Life” for Stan will be held on November 24th @ 1:00 pm at the Turlock Golf & Country Club. The family would like you to share your favorite “Coach Beasley story.”
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity in Stan’s name.