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Hall, Richard Lee

On June 21, 2013, Richard Lee Hall of Fullerton, passed away. He was 88 years old. Richard was born to Ruth and Richard F. Hall in Los Angeles, California, on January 29, 1925, and was a man of legendary enthusiasm, leadership and confidence. Upon moving to Long Beach at an early age, Dick clearly shined as a track star in high school setting many records, and obtained the nickname "Speed" for his numerous awards as a sprinter. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, Dick returned home and graduated from USC, and in 1952 married his lovely wife Marion, a loving union which endured for 61 years. Dick's love for architecture and building launched him into a homebuilding career that lasted over 50 years. Obtaining his General Building Contractor license in 1957, he started building luxury custom homes in Fullerton, and opened his first office. Through hard work and determination, his first subdivision was built with his good friend and partner Bob Main in 1960. Dick truly loved every phase of residential development, and eventually became a pioneer in the housing development industry on his own over time, constructing entire neighborhoods of homes for thousands of families throughout Southern California. In 1983 his son Richard Hall, Jr. proudly joined Dick as his business partner for over 25 more years. Dick's industry achievements were vast at both state and national levels, including President of the California Building Industry Association, twice President of the Western Builder's Show, Director of the National Association of Home Builders, and he received the coveted "Builder of the Year" award in 1980. His crowning industry achievement was to be inducted into the prestigious Builder's Hall of Fame in 1998, recognizing his significant contributions and leadership made to the building industry in California. Although Dick knew and worked with many people during his career, including influential business people, political leaders and subcontractors alike, he deeply cared about his family and friends, loyally investing his time and energy with so many. And though his interests in life were wide-ranging, including a passion for antique classic cars and antique carpentry tools, the love of his life was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; his son, Rich; his daughter-in-law, Shelley; and his grandchildren, Sarah and RJ. They meant the world to him. Without question, Dick was a much-loved man who epitomized the spirit of life. We all will truly miss this man of integrity.

Published in Orange County Register on July 2, 2013
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