Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce the passing of Jim F. Beaty, 79. Jim was born April 15, 1944 in Kingman, Az. and passed away on December 2, 2023 In Bakersfield, Ca. Jim was known for his wicked humor, ornery nature and chili! He was a generous, hardworking and fair man. He possessed a wealth of knowledge that he generously shared with those around him.

Jim was raised in Fillmore Ca and moved to Bakersfield in 2004. He tried several occupations before settling on a career as a union carpenter where he excelled and was recognized as the Apprentice of the Year setting the stage for a successful career. After years working with his tools he became an instructor with the carpenter’s apprenticeship program. He would go on to become the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southern California.

Outside of work, Jim had a passion for cooking and participated in competitive chili competitions for over 40 years. He loved to cook chili and won over 30 regional and state cook offs. He achieved the ultimate honor of World Champion in 1986. Jim catered countless BBQs for local union halls. He was well known for his award winning chili, blended spices and great BBQ.

He also enjoyed hunting and looked forward to his annual Colorado hunting trip which included family and friends for over 30 years. He also loved to fish in Bridgeport and Ensenada. He was a Master Mason of Fillmore Masonic Lodge 379. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge and took pleasure in woodworking projects.

Jim is survived by his children Darren Beaty and wife Suzi, Dyan Beaty-Phillips and husband Ronnie, and Jeb Beaty and wife Stephanie. He was a loving grandfather to Jacob Beaty, Nate Beaty and wife April, Jordan Martens and husband Michael, Austin Martinez, Joshua Martinez and wife Alexa, and Cole Beaty. Jim was also blessed with great-grandchildren Kaleigh and Jace Martens and Opal Beaty. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eileen Beaty, his brother Larry Beaty, his father Marvin Beaty, and his mother Geneva Beaty.

A graveside service will be held in Jim’s honor at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 Sespe Street, Fillmore, on January 5 at 11:00 am. Friends and family are invited to attend and pay their respects to a man who touched the lives of many with his humor, generosity, and zest for life.