Jon Waymond Beck, 77, of Justin died in a Dallas hospital Friday, Nov. 23 following a brief illness.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Justin United Methodist Church with burial in Justin Cemetery. The Rev. Buster Noah and the Rev. Mel West will officiate. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
The family requests memorials to the Justin United Methodist Church, 205 North Jackson, Justin, TX 76247.
Jon Beck, born Nov. 2, 1935, in Fort Worth, served as mayor of Justin from 1997-2001 after serving 12 years as a city councilman. He was Justin’s first Economic Development Director. He was a member of the Justin Business Association and the Justin Civic Foundation. In June of this year, a pavilion at the Justin Community Park was named in honor of Beck and his wife Mary.
Beck moved to Justin in 1971 and purchased the Justin Lumber Company. He was a past president of the Fort Worth Lumbermen’s Association.
He was a graduate of Northside High School in Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan University. He was a long-time member of the Justin United Methodist Church where he held many offices including chairman of the Administrative Board, chairman of Trustees, chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee. He was a Sunday school teacher at the church.
Beck served as a director of the Denton County Central Appraisal District from 1984-1993. He was a director of the Northwest ISD Community Partnership and was the Northwest High School football stadium announcer for a decade. An avid golfer, Beck enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He coached little league baseball for many years.
He was a member of the Justin Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances Beck; sons Robert Samuel Beck and his wife Becky of Krum and Jon Bradley Beck of Justin and grandchildren Luke Denton of Nashville, Tenn. and Emily and Allison Beck of Krum.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Leslie Beck Denton of Nashville, Tenn. and his parents Sam and Owyeta Beck of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers will be Ken Kirkham, Jeff Eaton, Barry Eaton, Brian Eaton, Greg Shannon, Curt Shannon, Erle Nye and Roy Eaton. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the Justin United Methodist Church.
Lucas Funeral Home in Justin is handling arrangements.