Time was already moving too fast when Don Begier asked his 17-year-old son, Beau, to go fishing this past weekend.
“I went out to get our gear and I realized that the last time we’d gone fishing Beau was 5’6”, 120 pounds,” Don said.
Beau had grown up. A senior at Palmer Ridge High, he was working toward his final year of wrestling.
“He really felt like he just missed out going to State in wrestling last year and he just felt like this was his year,” Don said.
“He was always at the gym,” his mother, Gina, said. “He would tell me, Mom, I’m going to the gym to get ‘swole,’ that was his word.”
Beau had grown to 5’11” and around 150 pounds according to his father.
“I went to Bass Pro Shop and bought new waders, new boots and a new life jacket,” Don said. “I paid $170 bucks and I told people all week I would have given a million dollars for that day for sure. I’m so grateful so many parents don’t get that moment.”
That final moment.
Just hours after fishing with his Dad, Beau was a passenger in his friend’s car that crashed, ejecting and killing him.
Suddenly the Begier’s became a family of four again.
“I don’t even remember before he was born, really, it just being the four of us,” said one of Beau’s oldest sisters, Kendall. “I just always remember there being five and me being jealous of him because I’m the middle child.”
Shattered…the family says what is helping keep them together is the generosity of friends and strangers.
“We’re overwhelmed in the best way possible by the outpouring of support. It’s been incredible,” Gina said.
“Thank you is just so inadequate, but that’s all we have,” Don said.
Along with the countless memories of a life that should have been far from its sunset.
“My son was full of life, he lived life to the full,” Gina said.