Christian D. Beaston‚ Jr. was born in Marietta‚ Pennsylvania‚ on November 12‚ 1959. Upon graduation from Donegal High School in 1978‚ Chris enlisted with the Army National Guard. After his honorable discharge‚ he had extensive training in firefighting‚ forest firefighting‚ and fire police. Chris enjoyed being a member of the Hellam and Wrightsville Fire Companies and the Pennsylvania Fire Police Association. He served as 1st lieutenant for Wrightsville’s fire police. Emergencies weren’t the only times he dedicated his services. He also volunteered his time to community events such as River Runs‚ Polar Plunges‚ Heritage Days‚ Bridge Busts and carnivals.
In 1985‚ Christian married Karin Oakes. Together they raised two beautiful daughters‚ Natasha and Ariana. When he became a grandfather‚ Chris was overjoyed because there were now more children to spoil. Chris was as proud of his family as they are of him. He was a family man who did anything for them. Providing for them and getting them everything they needed or wanted was his goal.
In his spare time‚ Chris loved to have yard sales at the Saturday’s Market and work on mowers. Everyone knew Chris. He would do anything for anybody. Maybe that’s why his wife always says he should have been a State Farm agent‚ because‚ Like a good neighbor‚ Chris Beaston was always there.
There are so many fond memories of Christian. The family vacations to Wildwood‚ the outings at Mt. Gretna‚ and the trips to the amusement parks. Even firemen parties were memorable. At one of Hellam’s parties‚ the men had to dress up like the Village People and sing their songs. What an embarrassing moment that was for him‚ because he had no idea what was happening!
Sometimes Chris’s own fun had to be put on hold‚ because when the sirens blew and his pager went off‚ Chris was on his way to the scene. The public’s safety was his concern.
Unfortunately‚ Christian’s life ended abruptly on December 7‚ 2011‚ at the age of 52. Family‚ friends‚ and communities will miss him deeply. He may be gone‚ but he will never be forgotten!