Michael Beane BEANE, Michael Lt. Commander Michael J. Beane USN, Ret. departed this life tragically Thursday, March 23, 2006, as a result Melbourne, Florida plane crash. Michael was born May 29, 1965 in Charlotte, North Carolina but spent most of his formative years in Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and spent 22 years serving our country in the US Navy. His passion for flying and this great country was superseded only by the love for his family. His love for his fellow man, his charismatic and gregarious nature resulted in a life blessed with an inordinate number of friends. Michael enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was trained as Nuclear Machinist Mate for Submarines. He served his first 8 years aboard both nuclear ballistic and participated in 13 submarine deterrent patrols. He was selected for the prestigious Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned his commission upon graduation from the Citadel in 1995. Michael adopted Jacksonville Beach as his home when he arrived at Mayport for his first officer assignment aboard USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) where he served for 3 years before joining the staff of DESRON 24. During these tours he completed two extended deployments to the Mediterranean and one to the Persian Gulf. He was then transferred to Afloat Training Group Mayport where he served as a Training Liaison officer and the Surface/Strike Department Head. Michael then joined USS DOYLE (FFG 39) as Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer, this time deploying to a Standing NATO Forces Atlantic Battle Group. His final tour in the Navy was as Squadron Operations Officer in DESRON 14, also out of Mayport, Fl. Michael’s love for aviation led him to his next career. He joined Craig Air Center located at Craig Air Field in Jacksonville, Florida as the Assistant General Manager. Though there for such a short time, Michael touched everyone with his enthusiasm and infectious good humor. He retired from the US Navy in December, 2005 and chose to continue pursuing his love for aviation in his next career when he joined Craig Air Center as the Assistant General Manager. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Diana; two daughters, Madison and Samantha; parents Jerry and Judy Beane; brothers, Steven Beane and Mark Beane and grandfather, R. J. Beane, Sr. Funeral services for Lt. Commander Beane USN, Ret. will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082, (904)-285-6127. Friends and family are invited to a reception in the church courtyard following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the Madison and Samantha Beane Education Fund, Wachovia Bank, Siesta Key Branch, 5810 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL. 34242 Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
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