Richard M. (Dick) Sayles (1926 - 2013)

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Richard (Dick) M. Sayles
1926 - 2013

Many friends and former students will remember the "dancing marionettes" made in Newcastle 5th grade US History class, and the singing he led at the Christmas Programs. Dick loved teaching, especially USA History.
Born December 7,1926 in Oakland, California to Mignonette and Marshall Sayles, Dick grew up in Berkeley. He graduated from UC Berkeley, and later got his Masters Degree in Teaching from Chico State College. In 1949, he married Doris Jean McCann, and they moved to Chico, California. Later they moved to Auburn and then Newcastle with their family, where he served as Superintendent-Principal (including duties of business manager and vice principal) at Newcastle Elementary School from 1958 to 1978. He then switched to classroom teaching only, and retired from teaching at Newcastle School in 1987. Later, Dick and Doris moved to Auburn, where he resided when he died.
Dick was involved in many activities during his lifetime. Some of them included: teaching folk dancing with Doris; singing with the Auburn Barbershop group; helping to establish the Association of California School Administrators; serving as timekeeper/scorekeeper for Newcastle School basketball games after he retired; serving as a Board Member of Newcastle Fire Protection District and the Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Commission, and enjoying activities with fellow members of the Sons In Retirement. Family activities included yearly camping trips to DL Bliss, Sugar Pine Point, and other state parks, and vacations to see many areas of the western half of the US and lower part of two western Canadian provinces. He also was active in church activities and served as a Sergeant in the US Army in World War II. Dick and Doris loved traveling on the Mississippi River steamboat cruises and traveling to see many areas in the USA and Canada.
Dick is survived by his sister and her husband, Dorothy and Robert R. Gaines; and brother-in law, Robert L. Benham; his children: Mary J. Sayles, Alan McCann-Sayles and his wife Sarah, and Peggy and James Durfee; his grandchildren: Sara Durfee, and Daniel and MeiLi McCann-Sayles. In addition, he has a cousin and nieces and nephews throughout California, and in Colorado. His wife, Doris, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held on September 14, 2013 at 2 p.m., in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, at 6414 Brace Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship Fund at Placer Community Foundation online at or by mail to P.O. Box 9207, Auburn, CA 95604.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 26, 2013
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