Donald Joseph Beach

BLUE EARTH – Memorial services for Donald “Don” Joseph Beach, 64, of Blue Earth, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms officiating.

Donald died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at United Hospital District, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Web tributes may be left at

He was born Feb. 7, 1949, in Rochester, Minn., the son of Robert and Alice (Tubbs) Beach. He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1967. On July 31, 1971, he married Linda L. Staab in Stewartville, Minn. In 1971, he graduated from Augsburg College and received his Master’s and a Specialist Degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 1979. Don worked as a coach, teacher and principal for three different school districts:?Hinckley, Grand Meadow/LeRoy/Ostrander and Blue Earth. He loved coaching football, basketball, baseball, and traveling extensively in France, Italy, Germany, Scotland, England, and throughout the United States. Don, wife Linda, and son Tom traveled to 31 Major League Baseball parks.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Beach of Blue Earth; daughter, Robyn (Jason) Beach-Olson of Blue Earth, daughter, Becky Beach of Chicago, daughter, Leah Beach of Chicago; son, Thompson (Anne) Beach of St. Paul; grandson, Jacob Olson, and granddaughter, Lily Olson, both of Blue Earth; sister, Mary (Rev. Paul) Bittner of Fall Creek, Wis.; brother, Robert (Jean) Beach of New Albany, Ohio; and brother, George (Darlene) Beach of Stewartville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alice.