Wells Bekins
04/22/2020

Wells Bekins, age 79, passed away on April 22,2020.  He went peacefully surrounded by his daughter and a dear friend. Wells Bekins was born in Seattle, Washington on October 29,1940 to Margaret Elizabeth Wells Bekins and Claude Bekins.  He attended Lakeside School, graduated from Queen Anne High School and then went on to Menlo Park Junior College and attended Oregon State University class of 1964. He went to work for the family business, Bekins Moving and Storage in Portland, OR.  He married Marta Knifton in 1967.  They had two children, Dirk and Brooke. In 1974, he moved to Seattle to be President of Bekins Moving and Storage.  He remarried in 1982 to Jennifer Boone and began buying for his herd of Polled Hereford cattle.  He became very involved in Polled Hereford Show cattle and specialized in breeding them for show purposes.  His love and passion for animals continued throughout his life.  He’s first cattle ranch was in Arlington, Washington.  He also had ranches in Idaho and Buffalo, Wyoming.  He was actively involved in scholarship programs for Washington State University Veterinary school, Colorado State University Veterinary school and Colorado State University-VACA International outreach Program.  He was on the Board of Directors for Bekins Storage NW and on the Board and President of Aurora Improvement Company.  He is proceeded in death by he’s son Dirk, Mother Margaret and Father Claude.  Wells is survived by daughter Brooke Schuldt, son in law Chris Schuldt, granddaughter Gabriella Schuldt, Sisters Jana Anderson and Jill Anthony.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to WSU- Large Animal Veterinary School- Wells Bekins Scholarship fund or CSU-Large Animal Veterinary School-Wells Bekins scholarship fund.  Celebration of life will be held later this Summer.

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6 Responses

  1. A well deserved rest in peace for you, my dear friend Wells.
    I will always remember our talks about animals large and small from raising quail to our love of horses and polled Herefords. Our last chat in Apr was about cats and wild mustangs.
    I dont think I have ever met anyone like him. Always caring about the students of WSU and CSU, the Vets, students and programs in USA and Mexico.
    But his love of his daughter, Brooke, son n law Chris and Gabby his granddaughter and his sisters Jana n Jill alway was part of our conversations.
    He loved his friends and partners so much.
    A “quiet” but passionate man with such a great sense of humor will be so terribly missed by me, by many. It was an honor to know him…….to call him my friend.
    God has his hands full now:)

  2. One of my very dearest of friends. Our families knew one another since I was in single digits. Both my mother and step father worked for Bekins Moving & Storage and for both Claude Bekins and later, for Wells. Wells and I became close 20 to 25 years ago and travelled to many cattle shows and cattle ranches across the US. I have learned so much about cattle and life from this rare individual. We shared a great deal about Oregon State as both had gone there. He introduced my to my passion for Women’s Basketball and jointed me when OSU Women played in the NCAA tournament Elite 8 before going to the Final 4. He always saw the positive in everything and a joy to be around because of tht., Greatly missed.

  3. I will always remember him as a man that loved animals and his passion for raising polled Herefords was his dream. I will always love him and thankful for our time together.

  4. He was a great friend and mentor. We will never forget him and he will be missed. Thank you for all you did for our family.
    Kindest Regards,
    The Stafford Family

  5. Wells was a very good friend to both of us. He has been for over 35 years! We were so greatful we were able to travel to Wyoming and visit him for 3 days last May (2019). We toured his ranch, and talked herefords like we had for years. Our condolences go out to Brook and family. We are going to miss you old friend!

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