Don Edward Beane, 85 of Taylorville, passed away at 6:45a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on January 25, 1934 in Staunton, Illinois, the son of Don Pleasant and Elizabeth (Graff) Beane.  He married Janice Blaine Gross on June 8, 1956 in Hillsboro.  She preceded him in death on November 25, 2015.  Don was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War serving in the Judge Advocate General Corps.  He attended Bradley University and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa.  Don began his law career in 1961 at the law firm of Hershey & Bliss in Taylorville before serving as the Christian County Assistant State’s Attorney and Public Defender. He also served as the Hearing Officer for the Illinois Fair Employment Practice Commission. He was appointed and served 13 years as an Associate Judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit as well as in Chicago.  Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Illinois Bar Association, and the Taylorville County Club.  He served on the Board of Directors at the First National Bank in Taylorville.  In his youth he was active in Boy Scouts having earned his Eagle Scout rank and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.  Don was a talented singer, having performed in his youth at the St. Louis Muni, and was offered a scholarship to Juilliard but opted to attend law school instead.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant and quail.

Don is survived by his children: Lysa Alias (William) of Oxford, Mississippi, Debra Bavetta (John) of Springfield, Trent Edward Beane (Lee) of Forsyth, and Tiffany Blaine Beane-Jones (Chad) of Summerfield, North Carolina; grandchildren: Lauren Alias, Matthew Alias, Alyssa Alias, Nicholas Bavetta, Dominic Bavetta, Vincent Bavetta, Amanda Beane, Christian Jones, and Savanah Jones; and his faithful companion, Waldo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and daughter: Tamara Beane.

Don will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Inurnment of Don and Jan will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.


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