Born May 3, 1926, in Safford, Arizona, Dr. Dick Wheelock passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Del Mar on February 18, 2014. Dr. Dick was a U.S. Naval WWII veteran and upon return he attended the University of Arizona. He earned his medical degree from Baylor University in1953 and married Mary Elizabeth McDaniel. They moved to Del Mar, founded the Del Mar Medical Clinic, and raised a family.|
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; four children, Michele Pitts, M'Liss Defrancesco, Theresa Sandefur and G. Richard Wheelock Jr.; as well as his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Del Mar's doctor retired in 1991 and soon thereafter co-founded the St James/St Leo's Medical Clinic providing free care to the needy of North County. Dick was a charter member and past president of the Del Mar Rotary Club and he served on the Board of MAEGA for over 20 years. He will be missed by many: family, friends, patients, colleagues, and his Thursday bridge group.
A viewing for Dr. Wheelock will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 4:00-8:00 PM at El Camino Mortuary, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92121. Services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 625 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075. A Celebration of life to follow at 2:00 PM at Tony's Jacal, 621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation to the Wheelock Scholarship Fund with MEAGA. For information on how to contribute, go to the El Camino Memorial website and visit Dr. Wheelock's Obituary.
Published in the Del Mar Times on Feb. 27, 2014