Happenings - November 2005
Grand County High School
Todd Beeman and Cathy
by Jeff Richards
Todd Beeman and Cathy Rogers Beeman
have settled back in Moab after nearly two decades away.
Todd Beeman (Grand County High Class of 1982) first began dating Cathy
Rogers (Class of 1985) when she was in 8th grade. Cathy’s family
had moved to Moab around 1974, when she was in 3rd grade. The Rogers
family then lived in Moab for nearly a decade before moving to Provo
in 1983. Cathy attended Provo High School for a half year while still
continuing to see Todd, who by then had graduated from high school and
was working at his father’s drilling business.
came and rescued me from Provo and took me to Arizona, where we started
our business, got married, and started a family,” recalls Cathy.
Even though she didn’t finish high school with her graduating class,
she recently attended the GCHS Class of 1985’s 20-year reunion,
which attracted at least 20 of her fellow alumni this summer.
While living in the Phoenix area, the Beemans operated Arizona Beeman
Drilling for 17 years, but eventually grew tired of the big city, Todd
says. “My dad (longtime Moab resident Bob Beeman) wanted to slow
down and retire, so we sold our business in Arizona,” Todd said.
But the Beemans weren’t quite ready for Moab just yet. They spent
a short stint in Buffalo, Wyo. trying to get another drilling business
established. “We went from a city of 3 million to three thousand,” Todd
notes. “It was a big adjustment for all of us,” Cathy adds. “We
were pretty isolated.”
The family then moved to Heber City, Utah for a short time before settling
back into the Moab area in January of 2002.
the time the kids were growing up, Moab was the place where we’d
come to spend our vacations,” Cathy recalls. “The kids would
spend their summers with their grandparents and other relatives, and
were already pretty familiar with the Moab area. So it wasn’t as
big of an adjustment for us to move here (after Wyoming and Heber City).
It was by far the easiest move we’ve ever done.”
The Beemans, married since 1984, are the parents of five children, three
boys and two girls. Oldest daughter Cassy graduated from Grand County
High in 2002 and is now married to Colman Swasey (GCHS Class of 2003),
a former standout athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball. Cassy
and Colman reside in Moab. Cathy and Todd’s next oldest child is
Nick, who graduated from GCHS in 2004 and was an outstanding tennis player
for the Red Devils. He is now working in Arizona. Next oldest is son
Nathan, 13, an 8th-grader at GCMS, followed by 8-year-old Cammy, a 3rd
grader at Red Rock Elementary, and 7-year-old Nolan, a 1st-grader.
“This is the first year in a long time that we haven’t had a child
in high school,” comments Cathy.
One of Cathy’s most memorable high school teachers was PE teacher
Joyce Victor, who also was the drill team adviser and spearheaded the
prom. Victor was honored with the high school’s “Circle of
Honor” award a couple of years ago, Cathy notes, adding, “She
deserved that award for all her devotion to the school over the years.” Another
memorable teacher of Cathy’s was math teacher Lynn Allen. Meantime,
Todd remembers Coach Bruce Burningham, for whom he played football.
also played a bit of golf in high school, and was also voted “Mr.
GCHS” for the yearbook by his fellow classmates, a fact that he
still gets teased about on occasion. Cathy was a member of the pep club
her sophomore year before moving away to Provo. Cathy also fondly recalls
the popular pastime of “dragging main” while in high school,
and the kids hanging out in their cars in front of City Market (now the
Walker Drug parking lot).
Nowadays, Cathy and Todd both continue to support local school sports
and activities, particularly football and wrestling.
Todd has now taken over his father’s drilling business, and finds
himself as busy as ever. “There’s been a drilling boom here
in Moab ever since,” he says. “I’ve been as busy here
as I ever was in Phoenix.”
“Moab is a completely different town now than it was when we moved away,” Todd
adds. “There was no tourism to speak of, and the economy was horrible.
We never pictured ourselves coming back to live here.”
But fate seemed to smile on the Beemans as they finally returned to the
community where they’d spent their grade school years. “It
really felt like home when we finally moved back,” notes Cathy. “Everyone
knew the Beeman name and we just fit right back in.”
“I still miss the city a little,” Cathy adds. “But Moab’s
a better place to raise a family. The kids have adjusted well, and I think we’ve
finally settled in.”