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Harold Lovell Beckstrand
After a long life of service to his family, church, friends, and community, Harold Lovell Beckstrand, 94, passed away on Saturday, December 5th, surrounded by family.
Harold was born on April 16, 1926 in Oak City, Utah to J. Milton and Eva Lovell Beckstrand. He grew up in Meadow along with his four brothers where they worked on the family farm. He graduated from Millard High School and then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in South Africa. Before leaving on his mission, Harold was set up on a blind date with his future bride, NaDean Oldroyd. They corresponded throughout his mission and he brought home a diamond wrapped in a handkerchief. Harold married NaDean on June 30, 1950. Together, they made their home in Meadow and were blessed with eight children.
Harold worked as a bus driver and an equipment operator for Carling Equipment, but his love was working on the farm. He always said the purpose of the farm was to help raise his family; to teach his children how to work. He served his community in various capacities which included being a Millard School Board member for twelve years. He served in many church callings including Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Bishop, and Patriarch. He also served a mission with NaDean at Cove Fort Historical Site. They attended the temple weekly for many years and enjoyed many Church historical sites and temple tours.
He is survived by his wife NaDean; brothers Mervin (Carolyn) and Linford (Mary Louise); children Kerry DeVries (son-in-law), Robert (Carlene), Hal (Jolynn), Richard (Sheri Kay), Don (Paige), Jay (Kim divorced, Kelli divorced); 22 grandchildren, and 44 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Joe (Jean) and Gordon (Norma); daughter Marilyn DeVries and twin baby daughters Dean and Diane; Marlene (daughter-in-law).
The family wishes to express thanks to the many health care professionals who have provided their love and service. Harold will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Due to the pandemic guidelines, the family will hold a private viewing and funeral service on Saturday, December 12th at 12:00. The interment will be at the Meadow Cemetery under the direction and care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com. The stream of the funeral can be found at https://youtu.be/Yzkq1F0cTXU.
Dear Nadean and family,
I watched Harold's funeral, and want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. I loved seeing the sons talks, and hearing their memories. Such a beautiful tribute. I know how hard it was for Jay to not be there. Harold was always so good to me, and was such a special man. Ive been blessed to have known him, and to have been part of such an amazing and loving family. Sending my love and hugs to you all.
Kim Sommers Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM
I'd like all the sons to know that they did an excellent job at the funeral, that our thoughts and prayers are with them, and that Harold and NaDean have been important parts of my life for as long as I can remember. Having them nearby and being able to stop in for a visit--and some homemade root beer and cookies, usually-- whenever we were in Meadow was just what going to Meadow involved. We extend our sympathy and hope all of our memories will remain with us and comfort us in this difficult time.
Cousin Sherry Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM
Viewed the funeral service and thought it very appropriate and well done. I have many wonderful memories of Meadow and my cousins and their families! Most of the time, in the later years, as Sue Anne and I would visit, we would walk across the street and pick up the key to the old home which hung just inside the door of Harold and Nadean's home. We were always invited inside and treated to some of Nadean's goodies. Harold was often seated in the living room and he would stand up and greet us. Then we would all go back in thre living room and catch up on how our families were doing. We pray for you to be blessed with God's comforting Spirit! BJ and Cecelia
BJ and Cecelia Beckstrand Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM
I'm grateful for fond memories of Harold and for his good and wholesome influence. Grateful to have association with the children and the entire Beckstrand family. May you be comforted during this time of loss.
Wayne Bennion Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Beckstrand Family,
I have just learned of Harold's passing. My sincere sympathy to each of you. It is hard to part with those we love so very much. Harold and NaDean are some of the most genuine and loving people I have ever known. They have always reached out to our family with love. May you feel the comforting influence of our Father in Heaven and our beloved Savior at this most tender time. I love you, Gayle Freeman
Gayle Ann Freeman Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM
To the Beckstrand Family,
I was sorry to hear of Uncle Harolds passing. I know how tough it is to lose a parent. I also know he is doing great things now without the constraints of an aging body and that he has had some wonderful reunions. I have fond memories of spending time in your home and always felt welcome along with the great spirit of your home and family. I think I even gained a few farm lessons in the process. We wish we could be there in person to express our love and sympathy but with the Covid restrictions this may have to do. We are also grateful for the technology that will allow us to view the funeral and look forward to the tributes that will be paid to a wonderful man and great Christlike example.
Love, Lynn and Kris Hatch
Lynn Hatch Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
Such a dear, good man. He made everyones life better. Loved him, and love you all. Your Wadley cousins.
Laura Wadley Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM
Great man - great family!
My condolences to the family. I know youll miss him greatly. Sending love and hugs.
Tanya Beckstrand Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM