Bean, who passed away at Houston Methodist after battling a short illness, was a lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 in 1969, the second manned flight to land on the moon.
His family said he had fallen ill two weeks ago in IN and died peacefully at a hospital in Houston. His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before.
In 1973, Bean was spacecraft commander of the second manned mission to Skylab, the first USA space station. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School and was one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts in October 1963.
"Alan Bean once said 'I have the nicest life in the world, '" National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.
Leslie Bean, Alan Bean's wife of 40 years, said her husband was the strongest and kindest man she ever knew.
Bean's second mission in 1973 was to America's first space station, Skylab. Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example. "And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller's Café in Houston", Cunningham said. "We are accustomed to losing friends in our business but this is a tough one", the astronaut added. He said the 75 pounds of lunar samples they collected were "a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future".
Bean is the eighth of 12 Apollo moonwalkers to die and the second this year, after the passing of Apollo 16 commander John Young in January.
Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981.
"I'd always wanted to be a pilot, ever since I could remember", Bean said in 1998 NASA oral history. The four are Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin, 88; Apollo 15's Dave Scott, 85; Apollo 16's Charlie Duke, 82; and Apollo 17's Harrison Schmitt, 82.
He is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister Paula Stott, and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son Clay.