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.
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