Richard (Rick) Hamman(1944 - 2014)

Richard (Rick) Hamman
May. 14, 1944- Jan. 2, 2014
Former resident of San Lorenzo Valley
Rick grew up in Palo Alto where he attended Woodside High School. Early in life, Rick worked as a ranch hand, a carnival roustabout, a strawberry picker, and a camp counselor. After graduating high school in 1962, Rick served in the Navy where he received training in electronic engineering. After the Navy, Rick worked as an electronic component specialist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Rick also spent decades researching and working on the local railroads while pursuing photography and writing. He authored California Central Coast Railways and co-authored and contributed to several other books. Additionally, Rick was involved in a private start-up railroad venture in the late eighties. In his later years he ran a business selling original and digitized historical images on the internet.
Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Juliet and Fred Hamman. Rick leaves to cherish his memories: Wife; Sheryl, three daughters; Laurel Ostendorf, Juliet Shear, Karen Hamman and their mother, Carol; nine grandchildren; Keith Marshall, Cass Mowatt, Victoria Shear, Lillian Dawkins, Kyle Marshall-Ostendorf, Jonny and Fallon Ostendorf, Gareth and Annabelle Shear, and one great grandchild; Mason Lee Daniels.
Rick's celebration of life is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum 12547 Highway 9 in Boulder Creek, California. For further details contact Karen Hamman at The family requests that any donations made in Rick's honor be given to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum in order to carry on Rick's commitment to preserving and sharing history.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Feb. 22, 2014