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Feb. 21, 1927 — Jan. 10, 2019

Richard Ray Colvin was born in Huntington Park, Calif. As a child, Rick found and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 12, with his mom’s approval, he made the decision to be baptized, then ordained a deacon. Now he could pass the sacrament.

He graduated first in his high school class, attended a year at Pomona College in California on scholarship, but left to join the Navy because of World War II. He went to boot camp at RTC Great Lakes, then the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1949. As a lieutenant he served aboard multiple ships, and saw a Cold War atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

While on submarine duty in San Diego, he met and married Ann Ruplinger (1957). To Rick and Ann were born Christiana, (and Sukey, Dana and Davy who died at early ages). After the Navy years came medical school and anesthesia residency at UCLA. Then Ghia was born and a move to Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Jason and Stephen were born.

Beginning in 1966 Rick worked at Thousand Oaks hospitals until he was 70. There were two flights of stairs between the front door and the garage. Most mornings he had been on those stairs by 6:15 a.m.

Until his children were grown, all of his recreation was centered around them: tennis, sailing, skiing, attending many concerts in downtown Los Angeles and performing “magic” shows. The birth of their 9th and 10th grandchildren (twin girls) came along the same year (2007) that Rick and Ann moved to Longview, settling 10 minutes from their daughter, Christiana Anglin.

Brilliance, humor, generosity, a passion for classical music, being an extraordinarily great son, husband, father—and dancer—help to describe Rick’s personality. True to the church he had chosen in his youth, he accepted many callings, served 10 years as a temple ordinance worker and attended Sunday meetings until the end of his life.

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