Richard Bee Turner

1940 – 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Richard Bee Turner
Richard Bee Turner

On June 25, 2020, Richard Bee Turner, 80, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Dillon, Montana, surrounded by family. A lifelong teacher and activist, Richard was loved and appreciated by many, especially in the social justice and LGBTQ community.

Richard was born in San Bruno, California and travelled extensively throughout his life. He lived and worked in Linfen, Shanxi Province, China, and Utqiagvik, Alaska, but he made his home in Dillon, Montana. Aside from his work as a college professor, Richard was active in politics and strove to help marginalized communities. His legacy as a progressive activist will continue to inspire those who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife Marian of 50 years, extraordinary daughter Kate (Chaya & Marcelo), artistic son Luke, stepchildren Jenny, Laura Kat, Julianne, and Chris, as well as his lovely grandchildren Sebastian and Sylvia.

Per Richard’s request, no services will be held. Donations may be made in Richard’s name to the ACLU at or the National Bail Fund at