February 21, 1921 - December 29, 2016
Austin, Texas | Age 95
Warren M. Beaman II died peacefully, in his own home, on December 29, 2016. His energy and direction was always toward the good. His presence has been felt, and his mark has been made. His job is done. Well done.
Warren M. Beaman II was born in Dallas, Texas on February 21, 1921. He was the elder son of Warren and Lillie Mae Beaman. He discovered the magic of radio at a young age, appearing on "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour". He graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas, where he was editor of the high school yearbook, and was the Senior Commander of ROTC.
He came to Austin to attend The University of Texas. He was a talented entrepreneur, starting Warren's Flowers with his mother Lillie Mae Beaman and grandmother Pearl Hogsett in 1942, while still a student at UT. With the power of the successful flower shop behind him, he wooed the girl of his dreams, and married the love of his life Sybil Ruth Giese on June 22, 1944. Together they founded WMB Wholesale Floral Supply.
He served with the US Marine Corps from 1942-1944. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1944 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Presbyterian Club. While at UT, he started his broadcasting career with Radio House, a premier academic broadcast training program.
He had a long professional broadcasting career at KNOW, with radio shows in the 1940's and 1950's, and at KVET-AM, anchoring news in the 1950's and early 1960's. He was the "voice" of travel films promoting all parts of Texas as business and vacation destinations to the world. His familiar voice and face spoke to us about the local banks and churches and civic organizations. As Advertising Director of Dakota Collieries, Bismarck, N.D., and Vice- President of Twin Star Industries, Austin, TX in the late 1950's, Warren soon envisioned a new career, advertising and public relations. He was elected president of the Austin Advertising Club in 1960. He founded Beaman-Triggs, Inc. Advertising, which grew to become Beaman-Nuhn, Inc. Advertising, and Beaman Advertising. He worked with Downtown Austin Unlimited and The Beautify Texas Council.
He was active in a number of clubs here: Austin Advertising Club, the Deck Club, the Driskill Club, the Forty Acres Club, the Austin Country Club, and the Capitol Macintosh User Group.
When there was an event that made Austin what it is today, Warren was a part of it. At the Austin Aqua Festival, he was Vice-Commodore for Fest Nights, which celebrated all of the diverse cultures that made Austin a great place to raise a family. As part of the Admiral's Club he was one of the Austinites who represented Austin and the Aqua Festival to other cities across the country.
When there was an opportunity to envision an amazing future, Warren had to try. Such was the case with Fiesta Gardens. He was one of the founding group of local investors who designed, funded, and built it in the 1960s.
In the early 1980s, he and Sybil retired to the mountains of New Mexico, near Ruidoso, which he really loved.
He returned to work for a time in his mid 70's at the Texas Highway Department Travel & Information Division.
Warren was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil R.G. Beaman; his father, Warren M. Beaman; his mother, Lillie Mae Beaman Craddock; his brother, James M. Beaman, and Daniel Page Craddock, the man who had been like a father to him much of his life.
Warren is survived by his daughter, June Beaman Sidoric and her husband, Michael, of Austin; his son, Warren (Trey) M. Beaman III, of Austin; granddaughter, Kate Morretta, and her husband, Matt, of Austin; grandson Daniel Webb, and his wife, Aubrey, of Seattle, Washington; Lynn Grace Cromer; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Elvia Beaman of Edinburg, Texas; sister-in-law, Betty G. Breedlove, of La Grange, Texas; and brother-in-law Ed Giese, and his wife Debbie, of Colorado.
The family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers, Sharon Mitchell and Louise Goodman; the staff of Nurses Case Management; and his support team from Hospice Austin.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Tarrytown Methodist Church, Hospice Austin, or to a charity of your choice.