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Coach Richard 'Dick' Adair Passes
Obituary for Mr. Richard D. Adair
Bobbitt Chapel - San Bernardino, CA
Richard "Dick" Adair, 91, passed away peacefully with family at his side on April 9, 2015. The son of Pete O. Adair and Helen L. Johnson, Dick was born in Wichita, KS and moved to California in 1928. He grew up in San Bernardino spending part of his youth working at his dad's Mobil Service Station on Highland and Mt. Vernon, now the freeway overpass. He graduated from San Bernardino High School where he was a gifted athlete playing baseball, football and basketball. He also played three sports at SBVC, and later was inducted into the SBVC Athletic Hall of fame.
He enlisted in the US Army in January 1943, and was a member of the 25th Military Police Platoon. He was able to attend the Military Police Reunion in Denver, CO in 2013. He was one of four WW II veterans that attended. His decorations and citations include: Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and WW II Victory Medal. After the war he finished his education at San Diego State where he obtained his teaching credential. He also played football and basketball for the Aztecs. He currently holds the school record for most passes intercepted in one game (4) and is among the top four for career interceptions (12).
In 1948, he married the love of his life Louise Carlson aka "Smiley" and they raised four children. Dick taught Physical Education at SBHS for 33 years and proudly coached the varsity basketball team. He also assisted with coaching football, golf and track. He attended the Cal Poly Physical education Workshop for many years and was the director for 2 years. He spent his "spare time" officiating basketball and football, teaching drivers education and he taught many summer sessions.
He started his passion for golf over 50 years ago and had an impressive 9 hole-in-ones. His other passion was dancing at Arrowhead Country Club with Louise, where they were members since 1974. One of his favorite dance songs was "Long Train Running". After retirement Dick and Smiley travelled extensively around the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Rocky Mountains on their annual 4-week road trip. Every year after Labor Day they would pack their golf clubs and head north to see the sites, visit friends and family, meet strangers that became new friends and of course play the golf courses that were along the way.
Dick encouraged his children and students to participate in sports and to be good citizens. His favorite phrase to his children regarding chores, "You don't always have to be told what to do, just know what needs to be done and you do it." Dick was hard working, supportive, loyal, and had a great sense of humor. He was an avid letter writer and insisted his grandchildren practice penmanship and write their letters to him in longhand. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and hundreds of students that he inspired. His wife Louise survives him, as well as his children: Greg, Jan (Hank), Pete and Susan and grandchildren Natalie, Katie, Kelsey, Sydney and Hoss. He will be buried with a Committal Military Ceremony on May 21, 2015 at 10:30 am at Riverside National Cemetery. A reception will follow the service at Bobbitt Mortuary at Highland Ave. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Direct Relief, Directrelief.org, or your favorite charity.
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