Longtime Central Oregon resident Louis Alexander ‘Al’ Bean died Wednesday [June 15, 1988] at Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond. He was 77.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Tabor’s Desert Hills Mortuary. A concluding service and vault interment will follow at Deschutes Memorial Gardens. Officers of the Redmond Elks Lodge will officiate.

Mr. Bean was born in Eugene on Oct. 13, 1910, to Louis and Katherine (Patterson) Bean. He served in the Navy during World War II. After the war he worked as a farmer, then started an insurance agency in Madras. He retired in 1967 and moved with his wife Velva to Haner Park on the Deschutes River. Mrs. Bean preceded him in death in 1975.

Mr. Bean made many charitable contributions in Madras and Jefferson County. He donated the lands upon which the Methodist Church and Mountain View Hospital were built. He supported the building of the library and donated many books. He established the North Unit Foundation which is engaged in developing public recreation for Jefferson County. He also supported the Jefferson County Scholarship Foundation which provides funds to medical personnel wishing to continue their education.

Mr. Bean was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Redmond Elks Club and the Disabled American Veterans. He also served as justice of the peace and was a supporter of the Republican Party, the Audubon Society and the Humane Society.

He is survived by a brother, Louis E Bean of Madras, a sister, Margaret Bockman of Seaside, and several nieces and nephews. Tabor’s Desert Hills Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

The Bend Bulletin, June 16, 1988
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman