Beardall hon­ored for ser­vice to San­taquin

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bittA

Aman who was well- known to the en- tire San­taquin com­mu­nity for his ser­vice and love was hon­ored at the 2016 Or­chard Days Lit­tle Buck- A- Roo Rodeo on July 30 when a plaque with his name and pic- ture was in­stalled at the San­taquin Rodeo Arena. Dale Todd Beardall passed away Oct. 7, 2015, at his home in San­taquin at the age of 53. Beardall was born with a con­di­tion called cra­nial steno­sis, which causes the bones in a new­born’s skull to fuse to­geth- er. Nor­mally, the skull has ar­eas of flexi- ble car­ti­lage and tis­sue which ac­commo- date the baby’s brain growth; if the bones fuse to­gether, it can cause prob­lems such as an ab­nor­mally shaped head or pres­sure on the brain. By the time he was 12 years old, Bear- dall had un­der­gone 15 ma­jor oper­a­tions on his head. One of those oper­a­tions left him se­verely par­a­lyzed on his left side. Men­tally, he reached the func­tion­al­ity of about a 10- year- old. These chal­lenges, how­ever, did not stop Beardall from be­com­ing a force for good in his home­town. “He was prob­a­bly the epit­ome of a good cit­i­zen of San­taquin,” said Roger Kaufman, Beardall’s brother and guardian af­ter their par­ents passed away. “Give, give, give, and all he ex­pect- ed was maybe a pat on the back, maybe a cup of cof­fee and a hug.” Beardall wasn’t able to drive, so his par­ents got him a four- wheeler, and he put it to fre­quent use around town. Kaufman said his brother would do daily rounds to ev­ery­one he knew and would of­ten stop to help mow a lawn or fix some­thing that had bro­ken. Even­tu­ally, he be­gan build­ing pa- tio benches out of 2x4s and his cre­ations be­came so pop­u­lar that his work grew into a business known as Dale’s Benches. One of Beardall’s great­est loves was San­taquin’s Lit­tle Buck- A- Roo Rodeo. Far­rel Craig, who with the San­taquin Rop- ing Club started the Lit­tle Buck- A- Roo, needed help get­ting do­na­tions from lo­cal mer­chants for rodeo prizes and thought Beardall was a good can­di­date for the job. “I thought, well, you know, Dale Beardall won’t take no for an answer,” Far­rel said.

"He'll come away with money or prizes.” And in­deed he did. Kaufman said his brother would go from business to busi- ness all around San­taquin and Payson ask- ing for do­na­tions. Beardall’s suc­cess grew as the years went by un­til at one point, he was rais­ing as much as $3,000 in prizes. “You knew if he came in and you didn’t give him some­thing, you can count on him be­ing back every day,” Kaufman said. So­lic­it­ing do­na­tions wasn’t his only con­tri­bu­tion to the rodeo. Beardall also worked be­hind the scenes at the event, help­ing herd an­i­mals into the chutes and pre­sent­ing the flag while rid­ing his four-wheeler dur­ing the Lit­tle Buck-A- Roo Rodeo’s grand en­try. “He was in­volved with the Lit­tle Buck- A-Roo for 31 years. You’d have thought he owned that Lit­tle Buck-A-Roo Rodeo,” Kaufman said. When Beardall died, Kaufman asked the com­mu­nity for do­na­tions to place a me­mo­rial to his brother at the San­taquin Rodeo Arena. The do­na­tions he re­ceived were used to fund the me­mo­rial. The plaque hon­or­ing Beardall was mounted onto a large rock placed out­side the arena on the fa­cil­ity’s east side. The me­mo­rial was ded­i­cated dur­ing this year’s Lit­tle Buck-A-Roo Rodeo, which is part of the San­taquin Or­chard Days cel­e­bra- tion. Kaufman would like to specif­i­cal- ly thank Wade Eva, the San­taquin Rop- ing Club and San­taquin City for all the kind­ness they be­stowed upon Dale dur­ing his life.

A plaque hon­or­ing Dale Beardall, right, was in­stalled at the San­taquin Rodeo Are- na as part of the 2016 Or­chard Days Lit­tle Buck- A- Roo Rodeo.

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