Ira was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on June 20, 1961, to Glories Huntley and L.P. "Jack" Beasley. He was baptized in Lonoke Baptist Church in Texarkana in 1972. Upon graduating in 1979 from Arkansas Senior High School he entered the US Air Force. He was then stationed in Washington DC, followed by Grand Forks, ND which is where he met his wife Margo. They were married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on April 27, 1985. He was later stationed in Incirlik AFB, Turkey until 1992 when he received orders for MHAFB. After serving nearly 24 dedicated years and receiving numerous certificates and awards, he retired in 2003 and continued to reside in Mountain Home.
During his time spent in Mountain Home, he furthered his education, receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Park University in Computer Information System Management and later, his Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration and Accounting. After retirement Ira worked for the Idaho State Board of Corrections, then as a Federal Civil Servant at MHAFB as a Construction/Housing Inspector. He greatly enjoyed his position on the AFB as he was able to work with many of his close friends and associates that he had served with in the military. In December 2008 he accepted a position working for CE as a Realty Specialist.
In his free time Ira loved playing golf with his buddies, fishing, hunting and barbequing with his friends and family. Whether it was his career, education or his personal relationships, Ira always went above and beyond. He was a man of many dreams and aspirations and constantly strived for the best. He was respected and loved by many as he was a mentor, a confidant and a hero. For these reasons and many more, it is more than mere coincidence that he left us on Good Friday. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Ira is survived by his wife Margo, step-daughter Laura of Winnipeg, Manitoba; daughters Melissa and her husband Isaac Whiteley of Kuna, Keshana Beasley of Boise and Shantell Beasley of Mountain Home; granddaughters Audrie and Ava Whiteley and Emerson Coffey, brother Evie Huntley, sisters; Luci and her husband John Mims, Alice Marie Brewster, Gloris Jean and her husband Gary Pickett, Cora Floyd, Kimberly Beasley-Chew, Patsy Webster, Patsy Ford, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Ira's honor to cancer research.