Clarence Melvin Beck


March 24, 2021

Clarence Melvin Beck, 82, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021 at his home after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

Clarence was born August 6, 1938, in Havre, Montana to Albert and Cora (Williams) Beck, joining older brother Marvin. Clarence grew up on the family farm outside of Hogeland, Montana, spending the springs and summers on the farm and the winters in town. Clarence attended the Hogeland School, graduating in 1956 then attended Northern Montana College for two years before joining the Air Guard.

In November of 1962, he married Sandra Ewing. This union was blessed with four children: Jim, Penni, Lori, and Paula. Clarence began working for Valley Motor Supply in Havre, Montana before being transferred to Worland in 1971. Clarence worked for Valley Motor Supply/Carquest until retiring in 2006.

Clarence was an active community volunteer spending 21 years as a volunteer firefighter, an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and Thrivent and volunteered for Relay for Life doing luminarias. He was a member of the Worland Elks Lodge #1908 where he organized the distribution of dual-language dictionaries. He was honored to be nominated the 2015 Community Angel. Examples of his service include helping the Worland Senior Center with Meals on Wheels. Anytime someone needed help he was there asking "What can I do?"

Clarence was always there for his family, a dedicated father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events. He was an avid bowler for many years on Tuesday and Wednesday night men's league as well as bowling on a mixed league with his beloved Sandi and close friends, Larry and Gloria McGonigal.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandi, son Jim, father-in-law Charles, brothers-in-law Ronald and Scott, sister-in-law Donna, and nephews Malcom, John, Matthew, and Mervin.

Clarence is survived by daughters, Penni Beck of Itasca, Illinois, Lori (Dave) Paulsen, Paula Beck (Larry) Acord and daughter-in-law Sandy Beck all of Worland; grandchildren, Christa (Chris) Cazier of Cheyenne, Jon (Carson) Beck of Ten Sleep, Corey (Samantha) Paulsen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jayson Beck, Austin (Kayla) Paulsen, and Coyer Acord of Worland, Astra and Nico Panawa of Itasca; three great-grandchildren, Dawson, Roman, and William, mother-in-law Frances Ewing, sisters-in-law, Nita (Roger) Jergenson of Montana and Linda Baldock of California, brother Marvin of Montana, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held 10:30 am, Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Trippel officiating. Inurnment followed at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Clarence Beck Memorial Fund to be dispersed at a later date. Online condolences may be made at


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