Clark honors late music man Dale Beacock

first_img Dale Beacock influenced a lot of young lives in the Clark College music building.It didn’t end when class was over. If a student had nowhere else to go at the end of the day, the young musician might wind up staying at Dale and Susan Beacock’s house.“At times, we had students living at our home — for a few days or a few weeks. Things like that happened a lot,” Susan Beacock said.“We didn’t have that much, but we had a couch and food. They knew they could come to him and he wouldn’t blow them off,” she said. She added that her former husband took it “way beyond the job description.”That says a lot, because it was a pretty expansive job description. If it involved music — playing, teaching, directing or just about any other aspect — Dale Beacock was right in the middle of it.And that’s why a new name for the Clark College music building was unveiled Friday. It’s now Beacock Music Hall.The ceremony offered an opportunity to look back on Beacock’s life, which ended in a bicycling accident on Aug. 4, 2011; he was 81.Before moving to Clark College, Beacock taught at several local schools, including Fort Vancouver High School.“It was a tough high school, but music brought everybody together,” said Patti Keller Perigo.Occasionally, Perigo said, she would have to call Beacock to cancel a music lesson because her family didn’t have the money.“He told me to come anyway, and I might do some baby-sitting,” Perigo said. She was at the event with two friends who also were Trapper musicians, Debbie Kellett-Lindland and Barbara Camp Kelley. Susan Beacock, former wife of the late Dale Beacock, speaks Friday at the dedication of the Clark College music building in his name.last_img

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