Clay Arnold Bean

18 December, 19556 December, 2019

Clay Arnold Bean, 63, of Leander, Texas, passed away in his home from heart failure on December 6th, 2019.

Clay was the son of Sue Ragsdale Bean and Alan Lavern Bean. He was born on December 18, 1955 in Pensacola, Florida. The proud son of a Naval Aviator, Clay lived in Jacksonville, Florida and Patuxent River, Maryland before his father was selected as an Astronaut, and the family settled down in Houston, Texas. A graduate of Clear Creek High School, Clay earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in 1977.

He met his wife, Carmen Rojas and her daughter, Joyce in Plano, Texas. A year later they moved to Austin, where they welcomed four more children into their home. Clay was a stay-at-home father. His children remember him as a kind and loving dad who delighted in hearing about his children’s lives.

Clay’s Grandad and Granny Ragsdale were a big part of his life. He spent a great deal of time with them as a boy and young man. Clay had a passion for the outdoors, surfing, scuba-diving, motorcycle riding, fast cars, and Mexican food. Clay was a mischievous spirit who will be missed.

He is survived by his wife Carmen Rojas, and children Joyce Pitmon, Rose Bean, Angela Bean, Ian Bean, and Theodora Bean, of Austin, his mother, Sue Ragsdale Bean and sister, Amy Sue Bean of Boerne. Clay was preceded in death by father, Alan Laverne Bean.

A private family service will be held in the coming months.


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Carolyn Appleton

January 2, 2020

Our family lived in Nassau Bay during the Apollo Program in the late sixties and early seventies. I attended junior high in Webster, then high school in League City at Clear Creek High. I remember Clay well. He was fun loving, creative and like his superstar test pilot and astronaut dad, he was naturally a bit of a "risk taker." Clay was truly fearless! He was such a nice person, a neighborhood pal, and I am sorry we lost him at such a young age. The Appleton family joins me in sending our very best wishes and sincere condolences to the Bean family.

James Hudson

December 12, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Clays passing growing up in Nassau Bay he was one of my best friends. I have many wonderful memories of the times we spent together and the trips we took. I will miss him.