Richard ÒRichÓ Reagan 65 passed away quietly at home surrounded by family and friends on Feb. 22, 2007. Richard was born to Albert and Mary (Anderson) Reagan on Oct. 28, 1941 in Los Angeles, Calif. He grew up in Redondo Beach, California and graduated from Aviation High in 1960. Growing up Richard raised chickens and homing pigeons; later to find his chickens were sometimes part of the family Sunday dinner. As a kid, he could always be found fishing at the Redondo Beach pier for whatever would bite his tackle. After graduating high school, he spent a number of years working in Hawaii during the summer and Sun Valley, Idaho during the winter months. During this time working as a bell hop at the Sun Valley Lodge for the Sun Valley Co. he met and married Donna Rarick in the spring of 1970. He was a jack of all trades prior to marriage, a meat cutter, bartender, bell hop, etc. Richard later learned to paint homes and started R&R Painting with Bob Werry of Ketchum. Ultimately, he decided to form his own business Òuniquely titledÓ Rich Reagan Painting in the late 1970s, which he operated for over 25 years in the Boise valley. He was very passionate about his work and worked with great attention to detail. He was an excellent painter! Throughout his whole life he was an avid fisherman with many memorable fishing and boating adventures with his sons and friends throughout the Pacific Northwest. He absolutely loved catching and eating all seafood be it salmon, sea bass, crab, or catfish - he loved it all. He took up skiing about 17 years ago with the whole family and never missed a beat. Over the last few winters he would ski Bogus Basin up to 50 plus days a season even with a knee replacement. He looked forward to and enjoyed the many days and challenges of skiing with Bogus Basin Back Side Bashers with his graceful wife and friends. Richard was a very strong person, recovering from a two-way bypass and lung cancer. His first round of cancer treatments gave him an extension on life that was the most important thing this family could ever ask for! Last summer and fall was an excellent family bonding experience - playing at the Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, and here in Boise. Richard loved and enjoyed life with everyone around him to the fullest extent every single day. He had many best friends and will be missed forever by many! Richard is survived by his wife Donna Reagan of Boise; son Nathan Reagan (Leslie Krivarchka) of Bingen, Washington; son Trent Reagan (Leah Weathers) of Boise; granddaughter Kylie Reagan of Boise; brothers Jim (carol) of Palo Cedro, California, Don of Boise, and Alan in Reno, Nevada; and several nieces, nephews and Òoutlaws.Ó Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert. A memorial will be held for Richard later in the summer to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be sent in his name to either Mountain States Tumor Institute (M.S.T.I.), c/o The Health Foundation, 190 E. Bannock, Boise, ID 83712 or to your favorite charity. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. The family wants to extend its gratitude to the doctors and staff at M.S.T.I., St. Luke´s 4 South, and Idaho Pulmonary for the kind and loving care Richard always received during his illness.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 4, 2007