Martin Mortuary

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO


Dr. Fred Ray Beyeler DVM

May 9, 1931December 29, 2016

Dr. Fred Ray Beyeler DVM Dr. Fred Beyeler, Fruita, Colorado community member for the last forty four years, passed away December 29, 2016 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction after a long illness, he was eighty-five. Dr. Beyeler was born on May 9, 1931 in Cortland, New York from the union of John and Katherine Beyeler. The family moved to Fruita, Colorado in 1945 and he graduated from Fruita Union High School in 1947. After High School he graduated from Mesa Junior College before serving two years in the United States Army serving in Korea with the 79th Corps of Engineers and being discharged as a Sargent. He returned to New York after military service and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced veterinary medicine in Maryland and then Moab, Utah before moving back to Fruita in 1973. He owned and practiced at Lower Valley Veterinary Clinic in Fruita until his retirement at age eighty. His clients were also his friends. He was a board member of Grand Valley Irrigation Co. for twenty-three years before retiring, many of those years serving as Vice-President. At one time he was an Elmwood Ditch Co. secretary treasurer. He was a past Fruita Chamber of Commerce President and Grand Master of the Fruita Fall Festival, Master of the Fruita Masonic Lodge and Lifetime member of the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard. He was an Exalted Ruler of the Elks in Moab, Utah, and Lifetime Member and Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Fred also was a former Grand County Commissioner in Utah and a Lions Club member. Fred married Clara Beyeler in May 19, 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives. Dr. Beyeler leaves behind his wife of forty-three years; Clara Beyeler of Fruita, Colorado , a son from a previous marriage; Arnold Beyeler of Jacksonville, Florida, a step-daughter; Janie Fix of Kissimmee, Florida, three grandchildren; Heather Fredericks of Easton, Pennsylvania, Jordan and Brady Beyeler and five great grandchildren. Military honors were presented at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard, P.O. Box 4438, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502 Friends and family may leave their condolences at www.martinmortuary.com


  • Military Honors Thursday, January 5, 2017


Dr. Fred Ray Beyeler DVM

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Jim Grady

January 11, 2017

Dr. Beyeler was a sincere and respected colleague. He recommended to officials that I be selected to serve on a county board. I would not have applied nor been considered without his initiative and support. It was a very rewarding and enlightening experience and I am very grateful to him for that.

January 4, 2017

Dr. Beyeler was a kind and dignified professional gentleman. I appreciated his support and respect from the time I was a new graduate veterinarian over thirty years ago. He was inspirational and an honor to our profession.
KD Ashbrook DVM


January 2, 2017

With love and respect for our Uncle with the guitar and donkey song; our rodeo clown; our veterinary with the skill and love of his job. His undying love and respect for his wife Clara and son Arnie. Thank you for the humor and loving memories of my life and the lives of my siblings. We love and miss you. Mary B.


January 2, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.