Donald E. Beaver, 62, loving husband, devoted father, adoring Baba and beloved friend, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at home in Chandler, Arizona, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 29, 1958, in Huntingdon. He was a son of the late John S. Beaver and Elizabeth Jane (Ault) Beaver, formerly of Barree. He married Leslie Shamp Feb. 21, 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie, daughter Jessica Beck and her husband Matt of Las Vegas, Nevada, daughter Jordan Rausch and her husband Evan of Tempe, Arizona, and five grandchildren, Jocelyn, Knox, Stella, Landon and Piper. Siblings Ed (Kim) Beaver of Sewell, New Jersey, Jane (Fred) Fleming of Mill Creek and Ron (Sharon) Beaver of Ooltewah, Tennessee, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Donald was a 1976 graduate of Juniata Valley High School and a 1980 graduate of Lock Haven University, majoring in computer science.

Donald started his career at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. He and Leslie moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1985 where he worked at Allied Signal. In 2000, his career took his family to San Antonio, Texas, where he worked at HEB until he moved back to Arizona to take a job at PetSmart as chief information officer, where he retired from in 2014.

Donald was a lifelong Christian, Penn State fan, avid golfer, sports enthusiast and wine aficionado.

His family remembers him most as a devoted family man, spending his life committed to providing for his girls, which he did all the way until the end. He was a virtuous man, and his integrity and character shined through in everything that he did — husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor.

He touched the lives of everyone he encountered, whether it be a family member, friend or co-worker. He mentored more youth than one can count, offering immeasurable career, life, leadership and relationship advice, over his lifetime. His love of family and the impact he made in the lives of so many young people will be his greatest legacies.

He was an active member of Desert Palm United Church of Christ in Tempe, Arizona, for 36 years.

He will be honored in a celebration of life Saturday, Oct. 23 in Tempe, Arizona.

Those wishing to make charitable donations in his memory can do so at one of the following: Desert Palm United Church of Christ 1230 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283,; First Tee of Phoenix 3837 E. Wier Ave., Suite 7, Phoenix, AZ 85040,; I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) 2146 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281, (designation I-HELP).

Condolences may be sent to Jane Beaver Fleming 11976 Fleming Lane, Mill Creek, PA 17060.

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...and what a great athlete! He and his twin brother anchored the offensive tackle spots on the 10th rank team in the state their senior year. They paved the way for a running back that went over 1,000 yards in just 6 games, He and his brother could also shoot the lights out on a basketball court. Their team went something like 34-3 his senior year, and would have won the state championship if they didn't lose their starting point guard to a broken ankle in one of the last games of the regular season. RIP