Mark Alan Beckham began a new journey in the early hours of June 14, 2019. “I am content and at peace; as a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me.” Psalms 131:2.
Mark was born in Dallas to Donald Robert Beckham and Sylvia Maxine Gibbs on Feb. 22, 1959. His birth brought joy, sunshine and laughter into the lives of his family, that never ended. Mark was a warm, fun loving and caring man who helped anyone who needed a helping hand. He would give his last dime to the man on the sidewalk. He was raised in the belief that you look past the outside and look at the good inside, no matter the status, skin color or religion.
He was held in high regard by his friends. He was an honest, hardworking man who loved life and he lived it to the best of his ability. His life and his home was overflowing with friends and relatives who will forever miss his quick smile and sharp wit. Much love and joy has gone from this earth today.
Mark graduated from Mabank High School and attended Tyler Junior College. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was a member of the USCG Honor Guard. He received a degree in Communications/Audio/Video from the Dallas School of Fine Arts. He was very talented in his writing and poetry, but he really loved his kitchen. That was his domain and he loved to cook. He spent hours cooking for his friends and family.
He was a traveler and was excited to go to new and unexplored areas in the mountains of Oregon and the Pacific Coast. You would find him on weekends with his family, camping gear and his camera, heading to his next photo opportunity, many times on his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was always looking for what was around the next curve. He was a well-rounded individual with a love for God, nature and mankind in his soul.
Mark was preceded in death by his father Donald Robert Beckham, brother Robert Christopher Beckham and step-father Dwight W. German.
Mark is survived by his wife Kendra of Lebanon, Ore., mother and step-father Sylvia Maxine and Larry J. Cantrell of Georgetown, niece Karmen (Ryan) McDonald of Cape Coral, Fla., son and daughter Benjamin and Jessica Beckham of Wichita Falls. He also leaves behind an extended family and many friends who will always remember Mark with love and laughter. Mark was truly one of a kind and we will forever miss him in our lives.
“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like the flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone.” Psalms 103:15-16.