Bob Beeks 1927—2012
Bob Beeks died on December 26, 2012, as reported by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He died on his 85th birthday. According to his family, he suffered an apparent heart attack. Beeks was a NFL line judge from 1968 to 1989. He wore uniform number 59 for most of his career. When he wasn’t catching rule-breakers on the football field he was catching law-breakers as a St. Louis police officer.
Beeks worked with several excellent referees over the years. In the 1970s he worked on crews lead by Pat Haggerty and Cal Lepore. Beeks was on Lepore’s crew in 1978 when he was witness to the first “Miracle at the Meadowlands.” In the 1980s Beeks worked on crews lead by Bob Fredric, Jim Tunney, and Jerry Markbreit. Beeks was line judge on Markbreit’s crew as Markbreit rose in prominence and he worked many high-profile games with the talented referee.