Darrell Rich: 1945 ~ 2019

Darrell Rich and his son and favorite hiking partner, Darren, during a 2018 hike in Sequoia National Park. Darrell and Darren have been hiking the Sierra together since Darren could walk.

Darrell LeRoy Rich of Three Rivers died Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Exeter, Calif. He was 74.
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 4 p.m., at Visalia Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1310 S. Woodland St,, Visalia, Calif. Pastor Gary Brady of the Visalia Seventh-day Adventist Church will be officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Smith’s Family Chapel of Exeter.
Darrell was born in Glendale, Calif., on January 19, 1945, to Vivienne Mountain Rich and Leon LeRoy Rich. He attended Glendale Union Academy (now Glendale Adventist Academy), where he completed grades one through eight. He graduated from high school at Newbury Park Academy where he met Suzanne Pierpoint.
Darrell and Suzanne continued to Pacific Union College, where Darrell studied for 2½ years before he began attending Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry. They were married July 30, 1967, in Oxnard, Calif.
Darrell worked as a dentist for 49 years in Three Rivers and Exeter. The last 16 years he shared a joint practice with his son, Darren Rich. He enjoyed baseball, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, 4-wheeling, gardening — anything active always called to him! Attending his children’s, and more recently his grandchildren’s, programs and sports events was very important to Darrell. The hours to get there did not concern him!
Darrell is survived by his wife of 51 years, Suzanne Pierpoint-Rich of Three Rivers; brother Lewis and Karol Rich of Sandpoint, Idaho; twins Dennis and wife Shirlee Rich of Bozeman, Mont., and Donna (Rich) and husband Wally Schmidt of Hillsboro, Ore.; his children, daughter Darla Rich of Three Rivers, son Darren Rich and wife Steffani (Johnston) and their two daughters, Haven and Rylan, of Visalia, and daughter Laurienne (Rich) and husband Jaison Norton and their five children Cascade, Kodiak, Tuckett, McKinley, and Shasta of Three Rivers; and the many other family and friends who were fortunate to know Darrell.
Darrell was preceded in death by his father, Leon LeRoy Rich, in 2008. His mother, Vivienne Mountain Rich, died Monday, July 1, 2019, just 12 days after her son.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be provided to:
Life Hope Centers Central/CCC, Attention: Bob Haworth, 1310 S. Woodland Street, Visalia CA 93277 (checks may be made payable to Life Hope Centers Central/CCC).
The family of Darrell LeRoy Rich wishes to thank the local community members for their friendships through the years.

6 thoughts on “Darrell Rich: 1945 ~ 2019

  • July 5, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Dear Darrell… how your sweet nature will be missed and thank you for all your years of dentistry…
    Our deepest condolences to all of the family.
    Most sincerely, Ted and Terri

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  • July 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    So sad to hear about Darrell’s passing. When I lived in Three Rivers (1977-87), Darrell convinced me to come in for a check-up after many years not seeing a dentist. As I sat down in his chair, he asked why I hadn’t seen a dentist recently. I confided that I had a low threshold for pain. He comforted me and said many of his patients have a low threshold for pain. As he place the napkin around my neck I SCREAMED (as a joke, of course). He laughed like hell! We laughed about that day for many years. I never miss an appointment because of him! Miss ya, Darrell!

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  • July 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    A stalwart of the community, Darrell will be remembered and loved for many years to come. I never once saw him behave in a manner that was less than honorable. We have lost a true friend.
    Our condolences to a great family.
    Lee, Heidi, and Hillary

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  • July 5, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    We loved all of the Rich family and send our heart felt condolences to Suzanne, Darren and family, Darla, and Laurienne and family. We wish we could attend the service in person, but will be sending prayers from Montana.
    Dave Parsons & Suzi Kimzey Parsons

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  • July 6, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Darrell,
    You were a very good guy. Still are. Bless your heart.
    David Lynch

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  • July 7, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Darren, family, long time time employees Paula, and others. You have our sincere thoughts and prayers. We will miss a truly great man and professional who always made you feel like you were a patient and family.

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