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Richard Dalley Mortensen

1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard Dalley Mortensen Obituary
Richard Dalley Mortensen
March 23, 1932~ April 30, 2014
Resident of Walnut Creek
Richard Dalley Mortensen died peacefully at his Walnut Creek home on April 30, 2014 due to complications from cancer. Richard was born on March 23, 1932 in Logan Utah. He graduated from Santa Maria Union High School in 1950 and attended college at U.C. Berkeley. He was drafted into the army in 1952 and honorably discharged in 1955. While attending Idaho State University he met Renae Crotts of Pocatello Idaho in the school coffee shop. They married in 1956. He graduated from the Idaho State College of Pharmacy in 1959. After graduation he worked as a pharmacist in Redding, California. In 1965, in partnership with his father, Toby, and his brother, Charles, he helped establish Mortensen's Encina Drug in Walnut Creek, California. Later he worked for Longs Drugs and CVS. Work was one of his greatest joys in life and he worked as a full time pharmacist for 54 years. Richard was an active Rotarian and served as the president of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek in 1992-1993. Richard was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served his fellow ward members in many assignments. Richard was beloved by his grandchildren and great grandchildren who called him "Papa". Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Renae, and sons Steven (Diane) Mortensen and Craig (Deanna) Mortensen, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; brother, Charles (Pam) Mortensen; sisters, Judy (Donn) Love and Linda (John) Leavitt. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Robert. Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral services on Monday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Northgate Ward chapel, 100 Northgate Road, Walnut Creek. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the or Rotary's endpolionow.org. Express condolences at www.oakparkhillschapel.com


Published in East Bay Times on May 2, 2014
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