December 9, 2013


Donald L. Beckman, 81, of Stockton, Calif., died Nov. 24, 2013, after a brief illness with cancer, surrounded by family.

Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, Calif. Committal followed in the Garden of Freedom.

Donald was born Nov. 18, 1932, in Lake City, Iowa. He served honorably for the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for the Modesto City Schools for 40 years and was a member of Century Assembly of God Chuch in Lodi.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Beckman; children: Lisa Johnston, Steve Beckman, Pam Castro and Kevin Straw; grandchildren: Nicole Johnston, Natalie Johnston, Shannon Posey, Sarah Lawson, Jennifer Lyons, Christen Straw, Kevin Michael Straw, Sarah Beckman and Stephanie Beckman; great-grandchildren: Kate Lyons, Eddie Dorsey and Ethan Lawson; sisters: Delores Bonney of Denver, Colo., Dianne (Allen) Nieland of Carroll, and Dorothy Frank of Wall Lake; and many neices, nephews and cousins in Iowa.