Noal Bateman Long Time City Service Award
LaMar Beckstead has deep roots in Sandy. He was born in Magna, attended Cypress High School, married, and then joined the Army during the Berlin Crisis. He came home to follow a family tradition of working for the Kennecott Corporation. A wise man told LaMar he would make a great teacher, so while still working to support his family, he went to BYU to earn three degrees in education. That led to a rewarding career in the Jordan School District as a teacher and principal. When LaMar retired in 1997, he exclaimed, "I may be retired, but I am not done working!"
It was in 1997 when Lamar's volunteer life really took hold, providing thousands of volunteer hours for and in behalf of; the Kiwanis Club, the Sandy Public Safety Committee, the 2002 Sandy Citizens Police Academy, and he served as one of the founding members of the new Sandy City Volunteers in Policing (VPS) program. He also is a long-term Sandy City Police Department Honorary Colonel. Other volunteer positions include Sandy City Community Coordinator and Assistant Chairman of the Board for Jordan Credit Union.
Lamar has lived in Sandy for 28 years and resides in Bell Canyon Acres. Together with his wife, Penny, they care for three horses, chickens, cats and more. Every summer LaMar and Penny grow a very large garden and in the fall, local residents are the lucky recipients of his famous bottled salsa!
As an accomplished equestrian rider, he has been highly involved with the Utah Western Riding Association for nearly 50 years.
LaMar has 4 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He and Penny have been married for 17 years and love to travel, ride their horses, go to movies and take walks. They love living in Sandy and enjoy the people that live here.