Richard "Dick" Espinosa

Richard "Dick" Espinosa, 75, passed away at his home Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Idaho Falls.

He was born to Claude and Phyllis Espinosa on Feb. 8, 1938, in Grand Junction, Colo. He moved to Burley, Idaho, in 1946 with his family and attended school in Burley. He joined the Navy in 1955 and was a flag man on the USS Princeton for the extent of his tour.

Dick married Toni Vega and made Burley his home; together, they had four children and later divorced.

Dick worked for Thaxton Painting Co. for several years. He later settled in Idaho Falls, where with hard work and determination, he established Rainbow Painting Co., later called T&E Painting Co., where he worked until he retired.

Dick loved the outdoors and liked to hunt, fish and go camping. After retirement, he took up art and crafts and did some beautiful paintings of wildlife and sunsets. He loved dogs and had several in his lifetime.

He loved his family and we were always welcome in his home. He was our mentor, so we went to him for advice and help. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Dick is survived by two sons, Richard Espinosa of Everett, Wash., and Michal Espinosa of Pocatello; two daughters, Melinda McCorcle of Bremerton, Wash., and Melissa Espinosa of Olympia, Wash.; two brothers, Chuck Espinosa of Maryville, Tenn., and Duane Espinosa of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and two sisters, Dorothy Norton of Paul, Idaho, and Phyllis Cindy Young of Burley. He also had seven grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Espinosa; father, Claude Espinosa; and one sister, Betty Davis.

A cremation is in order; arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date by Wood Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.




Published in Post Register on Sept. 12, 2013