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Dale E. Bean

September 12, 1927 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Dale Bean Obituary

Dale Everett Bean, 96, of Prosser, Washington, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.  Dale was born on September 12, 1927 to Lester and Maude Bean in Pomona, California.  He was married to Mildred Janet Schmitt on August 18, 1951.  They were very happily married for 69 years until her death in 2020.  He is survived by two brothers, Gerald Bean of Kelso, Washington and Ronald Bean of San Jacinto, California, daughter Judy (Stan) of McKinney, Texas, son Wayne (Emily) of Prosser, Washington, and daughter Joyce (Tom) of Fall City, Washington.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Dad’s parents moved north from California when he was 4 years old and Washington became his home. When he graduated from Adna High School in 1945, he was Valedictorian, class president, and played on the school’s baseball and basketball teams, all while working for his room and board on a dairy farm.  Then he was off to Washington State College where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. After a jaunt to Alaska to work on a surveying team, he settled in Grandview, Washington with his parents.  While there he met the love of his life, his Mildred.  They met at the Church of the Nazarene, and from then on his life revolved around his family, his faith, and his church.  Shortly after their marriage, Dale accepted the position of Benton County Engineer in March, 1954, a position he held for 31 years.  He found much joy and satisfaction as the county engineer, both with the engineering work and with his coworkers.  After retiring from the county, Sun Steel hired Dale in 1984 where he worked as a structural engineer until he turned 65 in 1992.  For another 16 years, until he turned 81 in 2008, he did consulting work for various companies and individuals, mostly preparing design calculations and plans for light industrial buildings, foundations, and retaining walls. Mom and Dad were exemplary parents – we three children were so blessed!  The Christ like lives they professed were lived out each and every day.  They taught us that the Bible is Truth, that Jesus is the only Way, and that nothing is more important than a personal relationship with Christ.  There were times during the last months of his life when we would come for a visit that he would be talking to God, praying for each family member one by one, name by name.  His conversations with us would be interwoven with a conversation with Jesus, which was so sweet.  With his strength, sight, and hearing very limited, the one thing he did each day was read a verse of scripture with short commentary.  It would take him all day, but he kept at it!  He was also memorizing scripture and would quite often quote a verse or two to anyone who came into his room. Goodbye for now, Dad.  We can almost picture you, reunited with your Mildred in the presence of Jesus!  When the time comes, we’ll join you for a great family reunion in heaven for all of eternity!  Until then, you and Mom are greatly missed, always remembered, always loved.

Visitation will be held at the Prosser Church of the Nazarene on Monday, March 4, 2024  from 11:00 A.M. with service to begin at 11:30 A.M.   A burial will follow at the East Prosser Cemetery, Prosser, WA.  Those wishing to sign Dale’s online memorial book may do so at  Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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March 4, 2024

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Prosser Nazarene Church
1937 Highland Dr.
Prosser, WA 99350

Interment Following Funeral Service
March 4, 2024

East Prosser Cemetery, WA


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