Nolan “Whiz” Beck
Died Nov. 27, 2013
A graveside service for Nolan “Whiz” Beck of Marathon, Wis., will be held Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Hyattville Cemetery. Whiz died Nov. 27 after an 11-year battle with cancer.
Whiz met his wife Debbie in Hyattville in 1977 when he was working as a fishing guide in the Big Horn Mountains. They were married Aug. 5, 1978, in Ten Sleep. The couple resided in Big Rapids, Mich., where both attended Ferris State University. Whiz graduated with his bachelor’s degree in science education in 1979 and took a job in Student Services as hall director at FSU. In March of 1981 he accepted a job at the University of Wyoming where he pursued his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration with an emphasis on effective leadership, law and student affairs.
While residing in Laramie, Whiz joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was active and committed to the beliefs of the gospel and families.
Whiz took up officiating basketball and officiated at numerous levels, including at several Wyoming state championship games.
In 1996 the Becks moved to Wausau, Wis., where Whiz became the director of student services at UWMC. He remained active in the LDS Church.
His passion for education was always evident; he was a champion for the underdog and students who struggled in school or those who were told they would not make it. He was active in raising funds for student scholarships at UWMC and the Marathon School Foundation.
He served as bishop for the LDS Wausau Ward from 2002-2007.
Whiz retired in 2011 after more than 31 years in higher education at Ferris State College, the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.
He loved to hunt and fish, but both took a back seat when his two grandchildren came along.
He will be remembered for his passion for life and his optimism.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Deborah “Debbie” Beck of Marathon; five children and their spouses, Jake and Holly Beck Montague and Travis Beck, all of Salt Lake City, Stephen and Heidi Beck Cannon of Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beck and Troy and Jordan Beck, all of Rexburg, Idaho; one sister Brenda and her companion Ann Bouts of Victoria, Australia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Vilma Beck of St. John, Mich., and Terry and Sherri Beck of Ashley, Mich., and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations will be used to assist three areas: the UWMC Scholarship Fund; Marathon School Foundation “Who You Are Makes a Difference” fund and the Hope Lodge in Marshfield for cancer patients and their families.