I worked for Sheldon's dad George from 1980 through the early 1990s (1992?). I was working for George when he found out that Joan was pregnant with Sheldon.
Sheldon Beitzel passed away on August 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. He was born on September 23, 1981 and raised on the family ranch in Elk Grove California. He attended Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Joseph Kerr Middle School and one year at Elk Grove High School. He then transferred to the new Sheldon High School where he was the first graduating class of 2000. Sheldon was an avid swimmer and won numerous honors and awards for swimming and academics. He went on to attend college at Sonoma State University and obtained a degree in Business Management in 2005.
He moved to the San Francisco area to begin a sales career in risk management with Suhr Risk Services. He earned a CIC, CLCS, CWCA and CRIS designations and was promoted to senior vice president.
Sheldon had a passion for helping others and was selected to membership in the San Francisco Guardsmen. The Guardsmen are a well-known group of volunteers helping to improve the lives of Bay Area at risk youth. He also volunteered his time by serving on the board of directors for the Asian American Contractors Association and the non-profit group Asian Inc .
If you knew Sheldon, you knew he was always up for adventure and to socialize in one way or another. He really enjoyed travel and had just returned from a trip to Sweden and Iceland to visit a college friend. He has also traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, and Central Europe. Sheldon was a certified scuba diver and an avid target shooter. His light-hearted spirit and positive energy is what we will remember about Sheldon. He always had time to listen and truly cared about everyone around him.
He is survived by his parents, Joan and George Beitzel of Elk Grove, his brother Eric Beitzel, step sister Lily Beitzel, niece Titaree Faksorn also from Elk Grove, as well as his Uncle Paul Beitzel from Yountville and his other Uncle Don Postle from Sacramento. A small family celebration of life and burial will be held privately at Pleasant Grove School Cemetery. Donations may be made to the San Francisco Guardsmen. https://guardsmen.org/donate-now/ 1016 Lincoln Blvd Suite 205, San Francisco, CA 94129.