Carl (Bill) Beatty died on April 1, 2016. He was 86 years young. Bill was born
on December 4, 1929 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the only child born to Claire
C. and Stella C. Beatty. He attended elementary school while in Worcester and
graduated from East Haven High School in Connecticut.
collegiate years were spent at the University of Connecticut where he pursued a
Civil Engineering degree. In 1950, Bill went to Washington D.C. where he worked
on the construction of the General Accountability office building as a
construction surveyor. This was the start of his lifelong work in Engineering
and Construction Management.
enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 from Washington D.C., then on to boot
camp at Parris Island, SC, followed by Navy Electronics Technician School at the
Great Lakes Naval Station. After going to Marine Corps Radio Repairman School in
San Diego, he was sent to Camp Lejeune, NC where he was assigned to the
Armored Amphibious Tank Battalion until
released from active duty in 1952.
Bill was in the Marine Corps, his father was transferred to San Francisco which
led Bill to go to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1954. Following Stanford, he
commenced his employment with Morrison-Knudsen Corporation in October 1955,
which was the start of a long and very rewarding career.
three-year project on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, Bill met and
married Debrajoe Smith of Green River, Wyoming. Their only child, Douglas
Edward, was born while Bill and Debbie were living in Williams, AZ. In 1964,
Bill and Debrajoe divorced.
met and married Melva (Pat) Woehl. In 1969, Bill was promoted to the position of
Division Engineer of the Latin America Division of MK in which he was
responsible for all of MK’s activities in South and Central America as well as
all of the Caribbean.
on many challenging projects over the years some of which would include:
highways projects in Paraguay, a high altitude tunnel in the Chilean Andes, an
underground copper mine in Peru, an oil pipeline in Panama, cell phone towers in
Venezuela, coal mine development in Columbia, a railroad in Surinam, dams in The
Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico, and a Bascule Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.
return to Boise, “Poppa” resumed his avocation of large ship cruising. He took a
twenty-three voyages. His most memorable trip was a cruise with his son
and daughter-in-law and close friends Shannon and Betsy Hayes. Bill was an
ardent golfer and he was a member of Crane Creek Country Club for a total of 34
years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, in 1991.
survived by his son, Doug, his daughter-in-law, Eileen, and four grandchildren:
Douglas, Cameron, Kirk, and Brooke Lynn.
burial was held on April 6
, 2016 at
Poppa’s final resting place: Morris Hill Cemetery.
thank you to all of Bill’s friends, the staff at the CLC, (Community Living
Center), Dr. Nirmal Charan and Dr. Paula Carvalho.