A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home for Travis Douglas Bealer, of Hagerman, who died on Friday, June 17, 2011.
Doug was born on Jan. 4, 1953, the third of three children of Mary and Dryke Bealer. He is survived by his son, Jason Edward Bealer and his daughter-in-law Lenora, of Hagerman, and his son, Chad Preston Bealer, of Taos. â€œGrandpa Dougâ€ is also survived by his grandchildren, Zachary, Kaytelyn, Julian, Xavier and Roy. Of Dougâ€™s two siblings, he is survived by his sister Fronnie Bealer, of Hagerman.
His brother Donny preceded him in death in April 2010. He attended school in Hagerman graduating in 1971.
He was industrious and worked at jobs around Hagerman until he graduated. Doug moved to Albuquerque and worked at Sutherland Lumber Co. for awhile. After living in Texas for a time, Doug went back to Hagerman to raise his two boys.
During this time, he worked at the old feed store. He was also a successful Little League coach when his son Jason was playing. After his boys were out of school, Doug lived in Roswell, where he worked for TMC for several years. Doug moved back to Hagerman and both drove a truck and dispatched for Milk Movers.
He often would dispatch all day, then haul milk at night or on the weekend if for some reason some load could not be managed otherwise. He was a hard worker. For many years Doug was the â€œbarbequeâ€ king of the family.
He was wellknown for good grilling until his boys grew big enough to take over the â€œBBQ fork.â€
He also made some of the best red enchiladas around. Doug was fun-loving and would help anyone he could. Many people have stories of their being in a bind of some kind and Doug came to their rescue.
He died in a Lubbock hospital of complications for diabetes. He was much loved and will be missed immensely by all his family and friends. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.