Michael "Mike" Beck '85 September 8, 2023 2:39 PM updated: September 8, 2023 2:49 PM
Michael Shawn Beck
May 29, 1963 - August 16, 2023
Michael Shawn Beck, age 60, passed away surrounded by family the evening of August 16th, 2023 in his home in Lenoir City, TN after a courageous fight with brain cancer.
Mike was born May 29th, 1963 in El Paso, TX to Charlotte and Buddy Beck. An army brat, Mike moved around for much of his childhood, but his family eventually settled in northern Virginia where he graduated from West Springfield High School in 1981. Afterwards, Mike attended West Point before transferring to Texas A&M University where he graduated with a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering respectively. In college, Mike met the love of his life, Beverly, and they were married for thirty-eight years.
As a Professional Engineer/Director Mike worked for Lockheed Martin for twenty-nine years and then transitioned to Leidos as a Senior Vice President for the next seven. His commitment to his country was demonstrated by the work he did at Y-12 National Security Complex and on the Antarctic Support Contract.
Mike had a great sense of adventure and loved collecting new hobbies. When he was younger he was a thrill seeker - he enjoyed skydiving, windsurfing, running marathons, skiing, and scuba diving. But as he got older he found a passion for beekeeping, collecting bourbon, cooking BBQ on his big green egg, and fishing. Throughout his travels for work and family vacations he loved finding the most scenic landscapes. However, some of his favorite views were of his family farm in Missouri and the Tennessee River from the back porch of his home.
Mike is survived by his mother and father Charlotte and Buddy Beck, of Fairfax Station, VA, sister Debi Corbatto (Fabrice Corbatto) of Alexandria, VA. spouse Beverly Beck, daughter Allyson Beck (Ian Snelgrove) of Raleigh, NC and son Zachary Beck (Madison Censoni) of Berkley, MI. Along with a niece and several nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service that will be held at Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN on Tuesday August 29th. There will be a visitation from 4:30-6pm and a service in the main sanctuary from 6-6:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Glioblastoma Foundation, American Cancer Society, or your local Boys and Girls Club.