Obituary: Richard “Dick” Wright
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Dick Wright, died in his sleep on November 16, 2014.
He was a child of the Great Depression and graduated with honors from the School of Hard Knocks. He was a twice decorated WWII veteran, a sailor, a pilot, a quintessential shade tree mechanic, and an intrepid explorer of two-laned back roads and blue highways. Affectionately known as the “Old Geezer,” he loved books, fine craftsmanship, old school buses, black and white photography, and campfires with unimpeded views of the stars.
He moved to Kings Beach in the 1950s and settled down with an old Willys pickup and a penchant for hard work. He taught skiing at Squaw Valley under the tutelage of Joe Marillac and Stan Tomlinson and was one of the first carpenters to get hired on for the construction of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. He built houses, custom kitchen cabinets, and saved all the money he could for winter road trips to Mexico in old school buses he converted into motor homes.
Though his life’s road map was tattered and torn and frayed along the margins, he cherished every minute exploring it. He will be sorely missed, but we are all grateful and extremely lucky to have had him for 86 years.
There will be no services. Anyone who knew him should simply cast their eyes to the stars, take a deep breath, and give thanks for the time that they shared with him. That’s all he would have wanted.
Safe travels Old Geezer.