Jurists Raul Zambrano & Bryan Feigenbaum reflect on passing of retired Judge David Beck ahead of planned public memorial

David Beck, retired circuit juge, died Saturday / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Shown at left and above is the late David B. Beck, retired circuit judge at a special ceremony in May in which the veterans court was renamed in his honor. In the larger display image above is Raul Zambrano, chief judge of the 7th judicial circuit, which encompasses Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Top right is Volusia County Judge Bryan Feigenbaum. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Saturday's passing of retired Circuit Judge David Beck, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, has left colleagues saddened, but reflective as to his passion for life, the law and the community he served as a judge, family man and veteran. Beck was 69 years old.

“I deeply mourn the passing of my good friend and colleague David Beck," Chief Judge Raul Zambrano told Headline Surfer. "David was a beloved judge by all. He brightened everyone up with his smile and kind and caring demeanor.  We have missed him ever since he retired – and now we miss him even more.  Our prayers and thoughts are with (wife) Carol and the entire Beck family.”

Chief Judge Raul Zambrano / Headline Surfer“I deeply mourn the passing of my good friend and colleague David Beck," Chief Judge Raul Zambrano told Headline Surfer. "David was a beloved judge by all. He brightened everyone up with his smile and kind and caring demeanor.  We have missed him ever since he retired – and now we miss him even more.  Our prayers and thoughts are with (wife) Carol and the entire Beck family.”

Headline Surfer reported Beck's death in a story published Tuesday: Retired Circuit Judge David Beck of Ormond Beach has died at age 69

In addition to Zambrano, Headline Surfer reached out to Volusia County Judge Bryan Feigenbaum, who expressed admiration for Beck's knowledge of the law and his tireless advocacy for veterans and Special Oympics, even as health isues forced him to retire from his circuit judgeship at the City Island Complex on Orange Avenue.

"David Beck, an Army veteran from the Vietnam War period, did more for veterans in the Volusia County court system, and in the 7th Judicial Circuit, than any judge in our area," Feigenbaum said in response to a request for comment on Beck's legacy.

"It was his dogged effort that led to the start of Veterans Court in this circuit. The court has helped many veterans and their families through tough times. It has helped veterans [and active duty military] for issues dealing with PTSD, substance abuse, anger management problems and so much more. It has helped homeless veterans get housing and led to job and education opportunities. It has kept families together." 

Beyond his work as a judge, Feigenbaum described Beck as "a terrific person, who worked with and coached in Special Olympics for years and years. He was involved in Honor Air flights bringing WW II Veterans to Washington D.C. He worked with Habitat for Humanity, Stewart Marchman, Food Brings Hope, and the Volusia County Mediation Agency." 

Feigenbaum said what he most admired about Beck was his courtroom demeanor. "He never spoke down to people, was unpretentious, filled with wisdom and common sense, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved his family so very much. We have lost a great friend. Thank you for bringing attention to my friend, Dave Beck."

Judges Bryan Feigenbaum and David Beck / Headline SurferBeyond his work as a judge, Volusia County Judge Feigenbaum, shown far left, described the late David Beck as "a terrific person, who worked with and coached in Special Olympics for years and years. He was involved in Honor Air flights bringing WW II Veterans to Washington D.C. He worked with Habitat for Humanity, Stewart Marchman, Food Brings Hope, and the Volusia County Mediation Agency." 

Feigenbaum said what he most admired about Beck was his courtroom demeanor. "He never spoke down to people, was unpretentious, filled with wisdom and common sense, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved his family so very much. We have lost a great friend. Thank you for bringing attention to my friend, Dave Beck."

Memorial Service for Judge David Beck / Headline SurferPublic Memorial Service

Judge Beck's family welcomes the sharing of love and support from all who felt connected to him. Please join them for a public memorial celebration of his life at 4 p.m. on Friday Sept.15, at the ICI Center at Embry Riddle, Daytona Beach.

David Beck is survived by his wife, Carolyn, six children and 10 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an organization Judge Beck supported: the ALS foundation, the Special Olympics of Volusia County, the Veterans Support Fund of Volusia County, or Halifax Hospice. Lohman Funeral Homes has charge of arrangements.

FAST FACTS
• Born in Sharon, Penn., David Beck grew up in Ormond Beach and graduated from Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach. He received both his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida. He also served in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of first lieutenant.
• After admission to the Florida Bar in 1975, Beck worked as an assistant state attorney in the 4th and 15th Circuits, then as a corporate attorney in California, before returning to Volusia County in 1989. He worked as an assistant state attorney in the 7th Circuit and worked in private practice, becoming a certified mediator.
• In 2003, Beck was appointed as a Volusia County court judge and was later appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as a circuit judge in 2011.
• Beck helped establish the first Veterans Court in the 7th Circuit in 2013, and served as its first judge. In May, the court was renamed in his honor.
• Beck retired in 2014, and continued to serve as a senior judge.
• In addition to his work in the courtroom, Judge Beck was active in veterans groups and community organizations, including the Special Olympics.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.