Justin R. Beebe, 26, was born in Springfield, Vermont, on February 1, 1990, to Sheldon and Betsy (Burrington) Beebe. He was a 2008 graduate of Bellows Falls Union High School and attended a post-graduate year at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT. He died living his ultimate dream as a wildland firefighter on Saturday, August 13, 2016, while fighting the Strawberry Fire at Great Basin National Park in Nevada as part of the Lolo Hot Shot crew based out of Missoula, Montana.
Justin called himself a mountain man. From fly fishing to hunting to hiking and more, he was always outside and an avid outdoorsman. He was an intense and talented athlete who excelled in ice hockey, soccer, baseball, and snowboarding. He knew how to live and love life and those he shared it with.
His favorite pastime was planting apple and oak trees at his family’s Vermont camp and meticulously caring for them each year. His sidekick lab, named Boo, followed him wherever he went, and the two of them knew how to make everyone they met feel extremely lucky to have crossed their path.
He wanted so much to be a hot shot, so he took a road trip out west to meet with many wildland fire crews and left them each with a can of his family’s homemade maple syrup so the superintendents would remember the “Vermonter.” It paid off when he got his dream job with the Lolo Hot Shots in Montana. His family, friends, and crew know he would have won the best mustache contest at the end of the season. He was a bright light that God needed more than us. Please take a long walk in the woods to honor him.
Justin is survived by his parents, Sheldon and Betsy Beebe; his sister, Jessica; and the love of his life, Jennifer Zaso; and by his Lolo IHC fire family in Missoula, Montana.