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Diocese of Cheyenne announces Funeral Liturgy and Memorial Masses for Father Carl Beavers
Father Carl A. Beavers, retired priest of the Diocese of Cheyenne, died suddenly on July 23, 2020, at
age 77. Born on September 16, 1942, in Sheridan, Wyo., Father Beavers studied at St. Thomas Seminary
in Denver, Colo., and his priestly ordination was celebrated by Bishop Hubert Newell on May 24, 1968.
During the 44 years during which he was a priest for the Diocese of Cheyenne, Father Beavers served at
St. Barbara in Powell, St. Laurence O’Toole in Laramie, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Torrington,
Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne, Our Lady of the Mountains in Jackson, and Holy Spirit Catholic
Community in Rock Springs. He also served as Chancellor for the Diocese of Cheyenne from 1990 to
Because of COVID-19 safety guidelines, services will not be open to the public. The Funeral Mass will
be celebrated on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and will be livestreamed and can be viewed by going to
Three Memorial Masses will be held for Father Beavers: Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne at 5:15
p.m., Tuesday, August 4—please check the website (www.stmarycathedral.com/) for more information;
Our Lady of the Mountains in Jackson at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 4—see below for livestreaming
information; Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs TBA—please go to the website
(www.hsccwyo.org/) for information.
The Memorial Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains will be livestreamed and links will be made available
on Facebook (@OLMCatholicChurch), the website (www.olmcatholic.org), and via YouTube at OLM
Memorial suggestions are: St. Joseph’s Children's Home, P.O. Box 1117, Torrington, WY 82240-1117;
St. Edmund Building Fund, P.O. Box 217, Ranchester, WY 82839; Ranchester Dayton Rotary, P.O. Box
451, Ranchester, WY 82839; Seminarian Education Fund or St. Joseph’s Society for Retired Priests
Fund, Diocese of Cheyenne, P.O. Box 1468, Cheyenne, WY 82003


Carl A. Beavers, 77,  retired priest of the Diocese of Cheyenne, died suddenly on July 23, 2020 near Dayton, Wyoming with his dog "Cooler" by his side.  Father Beavers was born on September 16, 1942 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Clyde A. (Buck) and Edna C. Breen Beavers.  

His education began at Dayton until the middle of the fourth grade when the family moved to Powell, Wyoming.  After graduating High School in 1960, he attended Northwest Community College in Powell for one year on a football scholarship.  A visiting priest from Ireland was very instrumental in his decision to study for the priesthood.  Carl entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado in the autumn of 1961 and was ordained on May 24, 1968.

After serving a few months in Powell, he became an assistant priest at St. Laurence O'Toole in Laramie, Wyoming.  From there, he took up the reins of superintendency of St. Joseph's Children's Home in Torrington, Wyoming.  He recognized advantages in raising beef cattle to both feed the resident children and make available more 4-H and FFA projects to them.  As he saw St. Joseph's taking on a new role as a treatment center, Father Beavers reflected on the philosophy which had guided the institution during its years as an orphanage and which still inspired its efforts in working with  emotionally disturbed children.  He, aided by Bishop Newell, articulated that philosophy in 1978.

From Torrington, Father Beavers became the Rector at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 17 years.  He was also the Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia and Superintendent of Seaton High School.  When the Wyoming State Senate was in session, he offered the invocation each morning for several years  He also offered prayers on the floor of the U.S. Senate Session for one session.

His next move took him to Jackson, Wyoming where he became the pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish.  While there, he oversaw the planning and construction of their beautiful new church.

His final assignment was to Rock Springs, Wyoming pastoring Saints Cyril and Methodius and Our Lady of Sorrows Parishes, along with being in charge of the Parochial School there.  

After retiring on June 30, 2012, he moved back to Dayton, Wyoming.  Retirement was in name only as he kept busy with most of the previous functions of the church, with the exception of office duties.

Around the State he became known for his articulate, carefully reasoned sermons and his mastery of every social situation.  Poise, combined with a hearty enjoyment of sports (especially the Wyoming Cowboys, Notre Dame, the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos), ranching and hunting (even participating in Wyoming's One Shot Antelope Hunt when Mike Sullivan was Governor) won friends for Father Beavers from all over the State.  

Survivors are his brothers Jack (Geraldine) of Laramie, Jim (Barbara) of Powell and sister Jeanette West of Dayton.  Nephews: Clint Beavers of Laramie, Mark West of Arlington, MA,  Matthew West of Denver, CO, and Brian Beavers of Powell.  Nieces:  Beth St. Clair of Laramie, Becky Beavers of Cheyenne and Michele West of Denver.  In addition to his parents, preceding him in death are nephews Brad and Bret Beavers, and brother-in-law, Louis West.

 Due to the Coronavirus a  Private  Rosary will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 pm at St, Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell.  On Friday. July 31, at 10:30 am, a Private Funeral Mass will be held, also at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell.  Burial will take place in Gillette.

Memorial suggestions are:  

St. Joseph's Children's Home, P.O. Box 1117, Torrington, WY 82240-1117  

St. Edmund Building Fund, P.O. Box 217, Ranchester, WY 82839

Ranchester Dayton Rotary, P.O. Box 451, Ranchester, WY 82839

Seminarians Fund or Retired Priests Fund, Diocese of Cheyenne, P.O. Box 1468, Cheyenne, WY 82003                                                                          



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Padre you were a giant to me, I, a young kid from New York, you opened my eyes to the beauty of the west. you taught me to irrigate, ride horses and brand. I'll remembered that forever.

Three hundred words summed it up for me..

Ive not been impressed by many people in my life but when I got to know Rev. Carl
Beavers that changed. He was a cowboy, a real life cowboy complete with the hat, boots
and buckle. I knew many priests in my day being a cradle Catholic. Schooled in parochial
schools and having an uncle who was a priest; priests were people like everyone else.
Father Beavers was different. He rode horses most days. He was as much at home in a
saddle as he was giving a homily or hearing confessions. He showed his cowboy roots

Weather it was rounding up cows to lead to another pasture or riding a fence line to find
the open hole, he was a cowboy. The exception was Sundays. Sundays he was a priest.
He would say mass, offer communion and shake the hands of the loyal.
Then off to the ranch. Little Joe was 40 acres of heaven. Deer and pronghorn were
synonymous with the ranch. Cows, grass, antelope and deer I was on the Ponderosa with
Ben Hoss and Little Joe. To a kid from New York it was a big slice of paradise.

I had to ask one day Padre what made you leave it all and become a priest? I got the call
big-un, my nickname I got the call. He taught me countless things along with lessons of
humility and empathy but as I reminisce today after 40 years the one thing I will always
remember he said a 16 ounce T-Bone with a cold can of Schlitz was as good as it gets.
Thats no lie.
Being a cop for 30 years I can honestly say you were a good man. God Bless you...

larry spinosa Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

I am still struggling with the loss. Father Beavers was the pivotal point for my husband Paul Ranschau and myself staying in Wyoming band renting land from the Badura Brothers in Clark. We often joked about it. But he was a spiritual guidance and friend. I saw him just 18 months ago and hugged, cried, and caught up on life. Thank you Lord for letting us meet each other in this life. Please hold him closely in your heart and send him all my love. He certainly did Your Will on earth. God Bless Him Forever! Virginia Ranschau Scannell

Virginia Jul 31 2020 12:00 AM

Our Sympathy and Prayers of the Benedictine Sisters at Clyde, MO go to the family and friends of Father Carl. Father was our Chaplain at San Benito Monastery in Wyoming for about Four years. His daily Mass and reflections deepened our lives of prayer. To me He was a mystic with the depth of his insights into Scripture. We loved him and cooler who came along with him. God keeps calling his Saints to eternal life, we were blessed to have him in our lives.
Sister Hope OSB

Sister Hope Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM

Sympathy to the Beavers family. What a loss for all of us. Virginia Ranschau

Virginia Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Mary Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM