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Alan La Vern Bean (1932 - 2018)

Capt Alan La Vern Bean
Born in Wheeler, Wheeler, Texas, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
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Died in Houston, Harris, Texas, United Statesmap
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Alan La Vern Bean was a United States Astronaut, known for his participation as the lunar module pilot of the Flight of Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969.

The son of Arnold Bean and Frances Caroline (Murphy) Bean,[2] Alan graduated from Paschal High School, in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1950. While in high school, he wanted to join "The Pilots," a group of the Naval Reserve. His father signed the necessary papers for his enlistment, as he was only 17 years old at the time. After graduation, he entered the University of Texas on a Naval scholarship and majored in aeronautical engineering and became a champion wrestler as a freshman. On graduation, he received a Naval commission and served four years in an attack squadron at Jacksonville, Florida.

On April 19, 1955, Alan married Sue Ragsdale, daughter of Edward Baxter Ragsdale and Floy Mae (Purvis) Ragsdale (to 07 Oct 1976).[3] They had a son, Clay, and a daughter, Amy Sue.

In 1963, Alan was named to the Astronaut Corps from the Navy[4] and began intensive training. On the second manned flight to the moon, Alan spent two days performing exploration and scientific studies. He was the 4th man to set foot on the moon.

Alan was the guest speaker at the 1967 International Bean Reunion, in Lincoln, Nebraska. During his address, he described how he carried a yard of the Clan MacBean Tartan cloth to the moon and left a portion of it there.

For an in depth biography of Alan Bean, and photographs, see also this webpage:

Bean flew on two NASA space missions - Apollo 12 in 1969 as LM Pilot with Dick Gordon and Pete Conrad, and Skylab 3 in 1973 as Commander with Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma.

Apollo 12
Skylab 3

Alan married Leslie Gombold on 15 Jul 1982 in Harris, Texas, USA.[5]

Bean was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997. [6]

Bean died on May 26, 2018, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 86.


  1. Agency Awards Historical Recipient List, once in 1970, and again in 1973.
  2. "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Alan Lavern Bean, 15 Mar 1932; citing Wheeler, Wheeler, Texas, United States, certificate 26382, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,281,743.
  3. "Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Alan L Bean and Sue Bean, 07 Oct 1976; from "Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011," database, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Harris, Texas, United States, certificate number 060009, Texas Department of State Health Services.
  4. Wikipedia List of Astronauts by Year, NASA Group 3, 1963
  5. "Texas Marriages, 1966-2010," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Alan L Bean and Leslie Gombold, 15 Jul 1982; citing Harris, Texas, United States, certificate number 121631, Vital Statistics Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin.
  6. Hall of Fame Bio

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