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Richard T. Gray

March 9, 2019 - March 7, 2019


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Captain Richard T. Gray, USN, a native Pasadenan gracefully passed on March 7, 2019 after 93 bountiful years of adventure filled life, service & family.    Richard (affectionately known as Dick or the Captain) was a 2nd Generation Californian descended from England, Scotland & Ireland whose ancestors came to America by way of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa & Missouri who then ultimately settled in Pomona as farmers after the Civil War. Son of Herbert Anderson Gray (Albia, IA) a Nelson shoe salesman & Helen Twomey (Pomona) Richard & wife to Audrey Ward Gray (Pasadena).  Dick raised 3 boys Morgan, Stanley & Gordon, 2 Grandchildren Jordan & Erin. Dick was a loving Father in Law to Juhls and her family, Rae and her family, loving Uncle to the Lawrence family David, Lily, and Sky. Dick spent his last 7 years in Marin County, CA to be near Gordon, Stanley & their families (Taite, Julie, Jordan,Erin). Dick attended Pasadena public schools, Pasadena City College (Class President), Claremont Men’s College, attended Harvard Grad School, US Army Airborne, US Armed Forces Staff College & the US Naval War College.  Dick was a proud Veteran of WWII (Atlantic Destroyer); Korean War (Ready Reserves) and Vietnam.   US Army Infantry Officer (2nd Div); Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron,  awarded among others: American Theater; Legion of Merit, Bronze Star “V”, Air Medal “I”, Navy Combat, USNR Service, Vietnam Medal of Honor First Class, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign (6*); Expert Pistol Shot, National Defense Service Medal.  Richard was an accomplished Parachutist & Special Warfare Operator (UDT under Seal founder Phil Bucklew).  Dick served @ China Lake NWC & ultimately a Naval base commander & DARPA associate working in over 50 countries.  Later Dick worked at the National Science Foundation & US Presidents Science Advisor Office as well as the solar industry.  Dick remarried Terry Nason and later Edith Gass with whom he joyfully traveled the US extensively and maintained relationships with their families. Dick was an avid genealogist retracing in great detail all lines of each family member. The Eastern Sierra was his playground and he hand built a log cabin in Mammoth with his son Stan which he enjoyed for years.   Dick loved hunting, fishing and rock hunting.   Dick enjoyed visiting Morgan & daughter in law Rae by driving up to Alaska and camping on the Kenai, Fairbanks or Homer. The Captain will be missed by all that knew him.  As Dick said, “I lived a very good and very full life”.   We certainly enjoyed him.  Dick absolutely loved the State of California & the United States of America.

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