John W. Bean, prominent young engineer, and a son of the late Louis E. Bean, died Friday morning [August 19, 1942] at 10 o’clock at the Pacific Christian Hospital at the age of 25 years, following a brief illness.
Mr. Bean suffered an attack of appendicitis while on a fishing trip in the Salmon Creek country above Oakridge, and was forced to walk more than 12 miles out of the hills. He was brought to the hospital where an operation followed, but his condition was already grave and little hope was held for his recovery.
Mr. Bean was born Oct. 14, 1907, in Eugene and was educated in the public schools of the city, University High School, and the University of Oregon, where he majored in geology and was a member of the National Geologic and Mining Society and was president of the local Condon club of that society.
For the past four years he had been engaged by the Portland Electric Power Company with the engineering department, as surveyor and assistant engineer. Here he served in various capacities on the staff of the various capacities on the staff of the construction engineer on both railroad and highway location and construction, power plant erection and tunnel excavation under the supervision of outstanding men in the engineering field which fitted him to become a candidate for the nomination for Lane County surveyor in the May primaries.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Katherine P. Bean; two brothers, Alexander I., and Louis E.; and one sister, Margaret Bean, all Eugene. Funeral services will be held from the Veatch Funeral Home, Monday, Aug. 22 at 2 o’clock and interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
The Eugene Register-Guard
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman