Admired agriculture professor dies

By: Makenzie Plusnick —

Opinion Editor

Dane Beasley Photo courtesy Tarleton State University

Dane Beasley, adjunct faculty member for the department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences and Tarleton alumnus, died unexpectedly February 24th.

According to his biography on the Tarleton website Beasley grew up in Raymondville, Texas in a farming and ranching family, FFA was a major part of his child and teenage years and inspired him to earn his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education from Tarleton. After earning his degree, he began his career teaching agriculture in different school districts and working at the county extension office for both Houston and Tarrant Counties. He then earned his master’s degree in education at Stephen F. Austin State University. He spent the years before his retirement working as a campus administrator for Crockett and Orange Grove ISD.

Beasley began working at Tarleton after his retirement. He enjoyed teaching his students and preparing them for life after college.

“I work to educate my students about life beyond the University through conversations about becoming professionals in agriculture,” Beasley wrote in his biography. “I enjoy going to work each day to encourage my students to become their best selves.”

Beasley’s students are expressing their condolences and sadness over his death, on social media.

Lizzie Marshall, a junior Agricultural Industries major, wrote on Facebook: “The absolute best teacher I had at Tarleton. Literally so caring and was such a kind and funny man and always had his student’s interests in mind. Really upset to hear about his passing, especially since I was recently hoping to reach out to him just to chat and catch up and now, I won’t ever have a chance.”

Mickey May, senior Agricultural Education major, wrote, “Such a truly great human being and so passionate about educating people and wanting the best for them! I learned so much in his class about school and just life in general!”

Sophomore Destiny Scull posted, “He was such an amazing man, so grateful that I had the chance to have him as one of my professors. He went out of his way to know every single one of his students and loved us as one of his own. Always made sure we were having a good day and if we weren’t, he would do everything in his ability to make it better even though that wasn’t his job. I learned so much from him and I am so sad to see him go.”

Beasley continued to take the lessons he learned through agriculture as a child with him through his life.

“I continue to follow the philosophy I learned in my experiences with 4-H and FFA and encourage my students to do the same,” he wrote in his biography, “It’s not the grand champion calf; it’s the grand champion kid.”

Instead of flowers, his family is asking for donations to the Ashley Elizabeth Beasley Memorial Scholarship, which was created in memory of his daughter.

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