Athena-Weston School Board seeks to replace late member

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ATHENA --The Athena-Weston School Board is seeking a candidate to serve on the board following the sudden death of an active member.

Duane Beers, a resident of the Upper Umatilla River, died Oct. 28 of an apparent heart attack; he was 72.

Beers earned a bachelor's degree in education from Walla Walla College, according to his obituary. He was a teacher early in his career, and then moved into logging and construction, including time working on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.

Later in life Beers returned to education and served as a bus driver, transportation supervisor, and eventually a school board member.

Beers represented zone 7 of the school district, said Superintendent Jerry Copeland, which covers the area around the Umatilla River toward the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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