More than 100 people attended a service in memory of David Beeler, a Dept. of Public Safety security system engineer, at the Davidson Conference Center last Tuesday.
Beeler, who designed and installed security infrastructure for more than 10 years with the DPS, died Aug. 3. He was 42.
The cause was medical issues, DPS Chief Carey Drayton said.
Beeler, who grew up a die-hard Trojan, was remembered for taking security breaches personally and quickly working to devise solutions.
“I will severely miss that,” Drayton said. “He always felt like faculty, staff and students were his primary focus.”
Many of Beeler’s colleagues at the university considered him family.
“Dave will always be part of the Trojan Family, but more importantly mine,” said DPS Director Carol Hayes, who was Beeler’s immediate supervisor.
Richard Tsung, senior computer consultant specialist, knew Beeler for seven years and remembers him as upbeat and thoughtful.
“He always seemed to genuinely care about what another person was doing,” Tsung said.
His mother, stepfather, wife and siblings all attended the memorial service. A service was also organized the Saturday prior at Calvary Chapel Beachside in Huntington Beach, Calif. where Beeler lived.
Before joining DPS, Beeler worked for Advanced Alarms, Inc. and served in the U.S. Army.