On August 5, 20" Richard Morlan "Dik" Haddox sailed on from this life. Family, friends, spouse, and all who met him in life wave at him from this shore. Dik lived an adventurous, colorful life and was dedicated to doing good in the world and being a steady and stalwart friend to those who knew him. His philosophy in life was to be the best that you can at what you do. Teach others what you know. Laugh a lot. Work at being humble. Share your blessings.
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Dik Haddox was born in Bellingham, WA on September 17, 1931 to Alice (Morlan) and Roy A. Haddox. Two sisters: Roberta and Patricia, and brother Thomas completed the family. The family farmed in the Bellingham area and then in California before returning to Northwest Washington to stay.
During the Korean conflict Dik was a member of the United States Air Force enlisting in 1950 and serving through 1953. While stationed near the demilitarized zone his work included radar and radio electronics for bombers and for a while he was in the military police. He attained the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged. Dik went on to attend the University of Oregon, graduating with a degree in business administration.
In 1952 Dik married Shirley Kraal, together they had a son, Jeffrey and a daughter Lori, all have settled in Sedro Woolley, WA.
Dik worked a short while for the Boeing Company after college and then worked for the Snelson Companies and Ag West. He also worked in Aspen, Colorado as a financial officer for several construction companies.
In his adventures, over a 5 year period, Dik sailed nearly around the world, stopping in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Mediterranean, and many other ports. This was a life changing voyage and Dik became convinced that any time spent on a boat did not count against the one's lifespan! Dik was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Anacortes, where he met many good people that he admired for their dedication.
In 1999 Dik and June met. They later married in 2002, settling in Anacortes. He was a great family man and husband and joyfully participated in many fun gatherings with those whom he loved. He leaves many cherished and happy memories. Dik and June spent considerable time on the waters of the Northwest, highlighted by a three month trip to the Alaska border. They also enjoyed time spent with their ever so fun Portland Boat Buddies.
From 2005 until the fall of 2012 Dik's work was as an "On Call" Disaster Relief employee for FEMA. He served many months after hurricanes, tornados and floods in places such as New Orleans after Katrina, Florida after Wilma, Joplin, Missouri tornado, West Virginia, New England floods, and most recently in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. He received numerous commendations for his work as a Community Relations Expert from these various deployments. He made many friends around the country who recall his way of giving help and solace to those who were hurting from their devastating losses.
Dik is survived by his wife of 11 years, June, his son Jeff (Barbara) Haddox, daughter Lori (Chet) Griffith, grandchildren Jordan, Kelli Haddox, Ranelle, Kaley, and Tyson Cloquet, along with great-grandchildren Rogan and Luca. He also leaves June's family including Andrew and Aniko (Becsei) Chitty and children Samual Chitty and Balaz Takacs of West Linn, Oregon, Julia and Brian Kavanagh and children Thomas and Clare Kavanagh of Denver, Colorado, and Lisa and Douglas Ford and children Amanda and Ian Ford of Wilsonville, Oregon, Dik's brother Thomas (Lana) Haddox and his sister Patricia Haddox and dear friend Stacey Walcheff. He was predeceased by his sister Roberta.
A memorial service will be held at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street, Anacortes, WA Saturday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m. You may choose to honor our beloved by making donations to the Salvation Army, Special Olympics or the charity of your choosing.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Dik, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 22, 2013