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Robert Keith Beeson, 1939–2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Robert Keith

Robert Keith Beeson of Roosevelt, Oklahoma, and formerly of Midland, Texas, passed away on December 15, 2021 at his beloved home, the Dirty Toe Ranch.

Robert was born in Dickens County, Texas, to Loretta Mae and Robert Daniel Beeson on January 18, 1939.

January 18, 1939. He graduated from Spur High School in 1958. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1963 with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in English, which led to his love of poetry. He was an astute businessman and founded Omega Treating Chemicals, Inc. in 1975 and later on, Tetraco. His many employees, some of whom signed on for life and are still employed by him, loved and respected him.

Robert worked hard and played harder, and not necessarily in that order. He referred to those earlier years as the “doo dah days.” And there are stories, lots of stories. Many people would have lost a bet that he would have lived this long. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf. He also loved to compete in cooking contests, winning first in ribs one year. He was never able to recreate those ribs; that rub is still a mystery to this day.

Robert married the love of his life and his best friend, Samantha Jo Cooper, on February 14, 2008 in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Elvis was present. Sammye Jo and Robert made their home in Roosevelt, Oklahoma, and together built the Dirty Toe Ranch. They shared a love of horses and dogs, and also a love for horse racing. They had many successes in that endeavor and would spend summers in Ruidoso going to the races every day they ran.

Robert is survived by his sons Craig and his wife Carla, Kip and his wife Cat, Boomer (William), and Jeh Daniell grandchildren Tara, Rhett, Caity and Brian; and two greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his employees at Omega and Tetraco and a few old friends. He was preceeded in death by his mother, his father, and his stepfather, A.C. Hull.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the American Legion in Midland, Texas. Robert will be missed by all who knew him. He truly lived his life according to the first lines of his favorite poem by Robert Herrick, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying.”