Richard E. Balthaser(1931 - 2013)

Balthaser, Richard E. LAKE SAN MARCOS Richard E. "Dick" Balthaser of Lake San Marcos, locally known as "The Mayor of La Habra Drive," passed on to a well-earned rest on the morning of May 28, 2013. During his final journey, he was lovingly attended to by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Barbara; his children, Cindy, Rick, Amy, and Scott; their spouses, Matt, Karen, Larry, and Anna; his grandchildren, Dillon, Zack, Morgan, Tyler; various camp followers; and his beloved puppy, Toby. With him in spirit were grandchildren, Matthew, Tierney, Lauren, Nicholas, Madison, Kirsten, Bob and Natali; as well as great-grandkids, Cedar, Lilly and Dillon. He developed many close friendships, as evidenced by the affection and regard shown by his neighbors in the community of Lake San Marcos, and by everyone who shared in his love for life and family over his 81 years. Dick was born in Seven Hills, Ohio on May 31, 1931 to Ralph and Mabel Balthaser. He received his BA in Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and enjoyed fraternity life as a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Dick married his college sweetheart Barbara Jean Howard, spent two years in the Air Force, and began his career in marketing for Master Builders. In 1960, he packed up the family, headed to California in a Valiant station wagon, and started working for Converse Davis Dixon. They settled in Whittier and raised four gifted and successful children. Dick enjoyed boating, and there were many memorable family vacations spent water skiing on Lake Almanor. In 1987, his career path culminated in the management of Moore & Taber Geotechnical, a soils engineering firm in Rancho Bernardo. This brought Dick and Barb to the lovely community of Lake San Marcos, where they became proud founding members of the '87ers Club. Dick served on the Security Patrol Board, was President of the Mall Association and enjoyed 26 years of fun, friends and boat rides. Dick loved traveling, learning new things and participating in his financial investing group. He amassed a vast collection of recycled cardboard boxes (which he lovingly left to Barb). Grandpa Dick was fond of spending time with his grandkids and educating them on financial matters and the critical difference between cement and concrete. He could talk to anyone and remembered the name of everyone he met. You would be counted as one of his best friends if you laughed at his jokes and listened to his stories. It is entirely possible that he has not made it past the Pearly Gates and is most likely standing there, bending St. Peter's ear... Donations, in memory of Richard E. Balthaser, may be made to Hospice, c/o Amy Balthaser Jenkins, 1063 Duna, Laramie, Wyoming 82070, where a room in the new Hospice residence will be dedicated in his honor. Please make checks out to 'Hospice.' A Celebration of Life will be held at the St. Marks Country Club in Lake San Marcos on Thursday, June 27th from 4-6 pm. Please come and share your fond memories and stories. Casual attire is preferred.

Published in U-T San Diego on June 14, 2013