Elmer E. Beers


Elmer E. Beers, 83, died Oct. 10, 2003. He was born May 31, 1920 in Gresham, Ore., and spent his later years in Payson, inspiring courage to all who knew and loved him.

After service in the United States Marine Corps, in 1955, Elmer and his family moved to Scottsdale. Employed by Motorola for more than 25 years, he received many patents for excellence in mechanical engineering. He is credited for building the smallest 7-cylinder aircraft engine which is now on permanent display in the Falcon Field Aircraft Museum in Mesa.

Mr. Beers had his own manufacturing business in Scottsdale, Goldwing Creations under Design Rite Corporation, along with his wife, Emily, and his daughter, Claudia Polega.

Before moving to Payson, Elmer and Emily toured the entire country on his custom-built Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

He is survived by his new bride, Charna Beers of Scottsdale; brother, Lionel (Marion) Beers of Portland, Ore.; daughters, Christine Flynn Mitchell and Cathe Descheemaker, both of Pine, and Claudia (Larry) Polega of Scottsdale; son, Jerry (Barbara) Beers of Jacksonville, Ore.; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, June (Hodges) Beers, the mother of his four children, who he lost to cancer after 37 years of marriage; and by Emily (Chappell) Beers, his wife of 21 years.

Friends are invited to celebrate his life at a memorial service to be held by the family at a later date.

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