OBITUARY

Donald "Donny" Wayne Bean

March 13, 1951November 14, 2021
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Donald (Donny) Wayne Bean, 70, passed away, on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Lyndon Woods Care and Rehabilitation Center in Louisville Kentucky.

He was born in Okolona, Mississippi on March 13, 1951 to Henry L. Bean Sr. and Dorothy M. Bean.

The son of a sharecropper, Donny spent his early days with his eye drawn to the sky. He loved to chase crop dusters as they would dive down over the fields his father worked. As he grew older that love of planes, grew into a drive to fly. A proud graduate of Mississippi State, Donny commissioned as an officer into the US Air Force in 1973. He was assigned a pilot slot and he and the love of his life, Marcie, were off on their adventure soon thereafter. He completed pilot training, he was assigned the F-4 Phantom and moved abroad to Spain. Over the years, Donny also flew the OV-10, and the F-16. He worked directly with General Colin Powell during the Gulf War and commanded a fleet of F-16s in Puerto Rico. He served our nation for 20+ years, and as the years went on spoke of that time of his life as his best and most cherished memories.

After retiring from service Donny went on to fly for UPS as an A300 pilot. He adored the idea of playing Santa to children all over the world.

Donny was an avid photographer, a lover of Mississippi State Football, an ardent traveler; but above all these things, he was an amazing and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was our hero, and the epitome of the “American Dream” a patriot through and through. He was proof that if you work hard enough and love hard enough anything is possible. He instilled these values into his two sons, Chris and Shaun, and he was so proud that they followed in his footsteps flying for our nation’s freedom.

Donny is survived by his beautiful wife Marcie M. Bean; two sons Major Chris (Misty) Bean of La Grange, and Major Shaun (Ally) Bean of Shreveport, Louisiana; 4 grandchildren, Aiden, Savannah, Scarlett and Gabe; two brothers Henry (Linda) Bean Jr. of Sharpsburg, Georgia, Robert Bean of Powder Springs, Georgia and a sister-in-law Jane of Opelika, Alabama. One brother, Benny Bean of Opelika, Alabama, preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 11 AM on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home with Burial to follow in Floydsburg Cemetery. Visitation from 4-7 PM on Thursday.

Memorials to Down Syndrome of Louisville, Lewy body Dementia Association or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021

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Donald "Donny" Wayne Bean

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Jack Sprankle

November 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family for the passing of Donald. I flew with Don at UPS. It was a true joy to fly with him. His professionalism and wonderful personality made every flight enjoyable.

Bill Kight

November 23, 2021

I had Don as a student in 757 training at UPS. He was an absolute pleasure to have as a student and just a joy to be around. He always spoke of his wife and sons in the most glowing terms.

Ken Kolb

November 18, 2021

Marcie, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Donny. Please accept my condolences and my prayers. I hope they will in some small way help comfort you and the boys during this difficult time.

Liz Taylor

November 16, 2021

I feel so honored to have known Donny. What a kind, sensitive and wonderful human being. I was fortunate to meet him through his cruising friends because I was part of Marcie’s ladies cruise group. What a great guy, charming host, and first rate photographer. Of course always in awe of him being a pilot. Like all great men he had a sense of humility. A true gentleman.

Ryan Ingham

November 16, 2021

I grew up with this whole family through school and sports. Don was an adult that I knew, even as a kid, was one of the good ones. While others scolded or yelled at us for wing rowdy, Don always had a laugh and words of wisdom off to the side.

I'm beyond proud of the work he did, and more so of the family he nourished along side Marcie. I am greatly saddened by his passing and will remember him fondly for as many of my own days as I get.

Thank you Don, for everything.

Kelly Rudy

November 16, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Marcie and Chris and Shaun. I thoroughly enjoyed the short time that I flew with him at Ramstein, Germany. His professionalism, positive attitude and great sense of humor had an impact on me and the entire squadron. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Lori Lucas

November 16, 2021

Donny was a great person....a terrific human being with a heart of gold. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and love for people. We've never known him to not like anyone. He always had a smile on his face, and was a friend to everyone. Donny will be missed greatly, and he and his family will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family.

With Love & Prayers~
Lori, Mike, & Nick Lucas

Janice Hunt

November 16, 2021

Donnie and I grew up about a mile from one another in Okolona, Miss. We went to school together from elementary to high school, then on to Mississippi State. We lost touch after that. He married beautiful Marcie, and had an awesome career as a pilot
It wasn’t until a year before our 50th class reunion that our families reconnected. Boy! What fun that was!
We worked together organizing and creating the tech part of the reunion. Donnie created the video of memories, our memory book and operated the sound system at the reunion.
Donnie will be missed by everyone who ever knew him.
Rest In Peace my precious friend.
See you on the other side.
Janice Hunt.

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