Beaudean ‘Beau’ Soding was a much-loved ‘‘wild child’’, according to his heartbroken family.
He loved the land, his family, his girlfriend Madi, his friends and his dog ‘Rain’.
That is how the 25 year-old, known to all as Beau, is being remembered, after he and a 27 year-old friend from Echuca were tragically killed in a single-vehicle crash near Booroorban on Friday, September 29.
The pair were preparing to go hunting on private property when the ute they were in overturned. Both men were found dead at the scene.
Beau’s parents, Toni and Greg, brother Shane and Greg’s partner, Cynthia, agreed that hunting was Beau’s favourite pastime, along with fishing and his work as a farmhand.
Despite starting a career as a chef, working in kitchens in Wangaratta and Albury for about five years after he finished school, Beau eventually found his way back to Deniliquin and farm work.
‘‘He had a calling for the land all the time,’’ Greg said.
‘‘He grew up on our farm on Oddys Road at Conargo; it was mainly cropping, but he’d also help with the sheep, including when we were shearing. He always did a bit of everything,’’ he said.
‘‘He just loved the peace and quiet,’’ Toni added.
‘‘He lived with me in Albury for a little while, but even that was too big for him,’’ she said.
Whether it was work or play, Beau’s family said his tasks were undertaken with pure dedication — and that includes the level of fun he derived from them.
‘‘He was a wild child, that’s definitely how I would describe him,’’ Toni said.
‘‘He loved life and lived his to the fullest — whether it was work, shooting or fishing.’’
Beau’s dedication to ‘‘give everything a go’’ was evident from an early age, according to his older brother.
‘‘He was never scared to have a go at something,’’ Shane recalled.
‘‘I remember when he was about four of five years old, we were teaching him to ride and got him on a PeeWee 50 (motorbike).
‘‘We told him if he ran into trouble just to lay off the throttle a little, but of course when he got on he grabbed the throttle, hit a fence, flew off and the bike landed on top of him.
‘‘Once we got the bike off, he stood up, brushed the dirt off his jeans and said ‘let’s do that again’.’’
A popular young man who was also very family orientated, Beau was also a renowned jokester, and was always in a prank war with his father and brother, who said the word ‘larrikin’ suited his personality.
There were also the family wrestling matches, which often saw mum Toni roped in as well.
‘‘I remember when we were living in Albury and Beau called and said he would be working late and wouldn’t be home until about 11.30pm,’’ Shane said.
‘‘We were a bit bummed because we were waiting for him so we could have dinner together.
‘‘But he wasn’t late. While we were all watching a movie on the couch, during a quiet part, he barrelled through the door roaring. I almost fell off the back of the couch.’’
Beau spent most of his life living in Deniliquin, and attended St Michael’s School and then Deniliquin High School.
A date for Beau’s funeral has not yet been set.