Roy Beebe, retired commander of the CHP Office in Jamestown, passed away after a lengthy battle with COPD. He had been assigned to various areas including Redwood City, San Jose, Oakland, Central Los Angeles, Contra Costa, South Sacramento and to Sonora, which he retired from in 1993, serving 30 years with the CHP.
Roy was born in San Francisco to Robert and Mildred Beebe. He was raised in San Francisco and after high school he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Central Pacific. He served on two destroyers, the USS Carpenter DD825 and the USS Nicholas DD449, and was a Korean War veteran, spending time in Korean waters operating with the 7th Fleet in 1953 through 1957. Both destroyers were based in Pearl Harbor and would spend half the time there and the rest of the time in the Western Pacific. He visited various ports of call in Japan, Okinawa, Philippine Islands, Hong Kong, Midway Island Formosa, (Taiwan) and Hawaii. After serving four years in the Navy, he went to San Francisco City College, graduating in 1961. While still in college, he joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1960. He stayed with the SFPD until 1964, when he joined the California Highway Patrol. He also continued his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1973 and received a master’s degree from Golden Gate University in 1981 while working for the CHP. He was assigned to Redwood City twice, Oakland twice, Contra Costa twice, San Jose, Central Los Angeles, South Sacramento and retired as the commander of the office in Sonora. After retirement, he drove through all 50 states and traveled through Europe twice and Asia once besides his time in Asia with the U.S. Navy. He dedicated his life to public service with four years in the Navy, four years with San Francisco Police Department and 30 years with the California Highway Patrol, a total of 38 years.
He was a member of The Tin Can Sailors Association, USS Carpenter Association and the USS Nicholas Association. He was a member of SIR’s Branch 136 in Sonora. He was also a charter member of the Mountain Cops, which he organized. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Mother Lode chapter. He had a love for old cars owning a 1940 Chevy Coupe (street rod), 1955 Chevy Bel Air 2-door hardtop and a 1964 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport. Roy loved to travel and went to many old car shows throughout the United States. He stopped at many wineries to sample other California wines and tell tales. His highlight of travels was by visiting the White House in Washington, D.C., George Washington’s House in Mount Vernon, and Civil War battlefields.
He is survived by brother Robert Beebe, and his wife, Carman, along with his children, son Marty Beebe and his partner Christina Ausk, daughter Vikki, son Jay and his wife, Kathy, his granddaughter, Angela Todd, and her husband Kenny, his great granddaughter Mia Todd and his grandson Anthony Beebe.
There will be a viewing held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 19, at Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose Ave, Sonora CA 95370.