David was born to Louise and Alan Beattie, June 9, 1936, in Westchester County, New York.
He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1954 and received a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College in 1958. He joined the Army and continued his education at the Army Language school at Fort Ord in California where he became fluent in Arabic. He married the late Joan Andrews Vroome in 1964. They built their first house in Bedford, NY where they raised four children: Ann, William, James and Elizabeth. David eventually settled in Watertown, WI with his close friend Kevin O'Meara.
Following the death of his wife in 1981 David continued to work as an expert in insurance risk analysis. David had always enjoyed farming and loved horses. While visiting Kevin in Wisconsin and recognizing the opportunity to both farm and raise horses, David acquired land in Watertown, and he and Kevin built a horse farm. Over several years David and Kevin turned the farm into a substantial business known as KDTrakehners, LLC, owning and training show horses from California to Germany. David became a prominent member of the horse community and was elected President of the American Trakehner Foundation where he served on the Board for several years.
David loved swimming, orienteering and skiing with his family. Undeterred after a broken leg and knee surgery David continued to ski, swim and keep up his active lifestyle on the farm. Despite failing health David enjoyed the daily management of the farm with Kevin and their assistants Nancy, Silvia and a dedicated staff (not surprisingly he continued to contribute with the manual labor of the farm in his Brooks Brothers button-down shirt).
David's pursuit of his goals and high expectations became apparent to his employees and others close to him. He had an unfettered sense of right and wrong. He lived as a man of his word and always followed through. He would always go to great lengths to help others when in need. The legacy of David's integrity, loyalty, generosity and kindness will live on through his children, grandchildren and those closest to him.
David is survived by three children Ann Paul, James Beattie, Elizabeth Benson, six grandchildren and his brother Stuart Beattie.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his home, W6787 Hill Rd. Clyman, WI 53098, at 4pm. Family and friends may gather there from 2PM until the time of the service. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the below organizations.
American Trakehners Foundation
1536 W. Church Street
Newark, OH 43055
Attn: Kelly Gulick
The Foundation's mission is to support the Education and competition of Trekehners
YMCA of Dodge County
220 Corporate Drive
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Both Organizations are 501 3c and have websites.