Product of Park City to be remembered
July 8, 2008
Despite the heavy toll on their hearts and minds, Parkites have found a way to celebrate the life of Dr. Darren Bean with both joy and sorrow.
Bean, a standout athlete and student who graduated from Park City High School, perished in a helicopter accident in Wisconsin on May 10 of this year. He and other members of a life-flight crew were on their way back from a patient transfer when their helicopter crashed.
A Park City resident for much of his life, Bean left behind many acquaintances in the area who remember him as a leader and friend. They will honor Bean this Thursday with a memorial at the Jim Santy Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.
Jana Cole, a friend of the Bean family, helped plan the event alongside members of the Back to Our Roots Foundation, many of whom grew up with Bean and still recall with fondness and admiration their activities together during high school.
The evening’s events will begin with tribute speeches. Cole anticipates about nine speakers. The memorial will continue with video footage of an earlier ceremony held in Wisconsin, where Bean worked as a doctor for the University of Wisconsin. Although some Parkites were able to make the trip for the funeral, this will be the first time that many others will view the event. The ceremony should last around an hour. "It’s gonna be a celebration of Darren’s life in Park City not a heavy memorial service," said Sydney Reed, a family friend.
Following the presentation in Santy Auditorium, friends of the Bean family are invited to a less formal gathering at City Park where Cole hopes that they will share memories of Bean along with food. Kids and family are all invited. Younger children will even be provided with babysitters during the service.
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Those who can not attend the event may show their appreciation for Bean through a charitable donation to the memorial fund created in his name at Zion’s Bank. The account, opened by neighbor and family friend Marty Stattin, will accept gifts in Bean’s name and ultimately pledge them to a cause close to the family’s heart. Possible uses could be scholarships for the two children Bean left behind and donations to Park City emergency services. Those interested may mail their donations to: Dr. Darren Bruce Bean Memorial Fund c/o Morgan Stanley, 1441 West Ute Blvd., Park City UT 84098. They may contact Marty Stattin at 645-2769.
"When we first moved here it was a funky little ski town…it was a family. It’s just amazing how many people had an influence on his life," said Danielle Schiller, Bean’s mother. "He just loved it here his kids love it here," she continued. "It all comes back to Park City it’s a pretty special place."