Richard M. (Dick) Greene
Passed away Tuesday October 2, 2012 at his home in Pismo Beach, CA, after a lengthy illness. He was 88 years old.
Services will be held at Montecito Memorial Park (3520 E. Washington St., Colton, CA) on Friday, October 12 at 11 am..
Dick was born Nov. 15, 1923 in Riverside, California. He attended elementary through high school there until joining the Marine Corps in 1941. He served as a Marine in the Pacific throughout World War II
, After that, he returned to the Inland Empire area and attended Otis Art Institute and the University of Redlands. He received a BA in Fine Art and a secondary teaching credential while at Redlands.
Dick taught in Riverside and Orange Counties from 1948 -1967. During this time he attended the California State University at Long Beach, where he earned a Masters of Fine Art, an Elementary Teaching Credential and and administrative credential.
In 1967, Mr. Greene was hired as a Vice Principal at Kelly Elementary School in the Rialto Unified School District. He stayed in Rialto serving as a principal of Kelly, Morgan and Dunn Elementary Schools, until his retirement in 1984.
Richard never lost his passion for art and moved to Pismo Beach, California in 2000 to persue an active career in painting, He became well known artist along the Central Coast and his paintings will be a lasting legacy for not only his family but for the many, many people who own his art.
Richard is survived by:
His companion of 11 years, Beverly Brown, Pismo Beach Ca
Daughter; Laurie Greene James, Ontario, CA
Son; Lt Col. (Ret) Pete W Greene, Bend, Oregon
Grandson; Capt. Joshua R. James, Oahu, Hawaii
Son in law; Robert L. James, Ontario, CA
Services will be held on Friday Oct, 12 at 11 am at Montecito, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife of 52 years, Joy Greene and his son, David R. Greene.