Richard Plasch, DDS
November 24, 1939 - March 15, 2021
Resident of Fremont, CA
Richard L. Plasch, DDS succumbed to an unfortunate accident as a pedestrian walking his Labrador, Maizie. He was hit by a vehicle in an intersection in the Niles District of Fremont on March 9, 2021, during an early morning walk.
Richard was born in La Crescenta. Though a Southern Californian by birth, he became a Bay Area transplant via UCSF Dental and married Donna Hale while completing dental school before graduating in 1963. They had two sons:
Greggory born in San Francisco, California and Douglas born in Fairbanks, Alaska. This led to devoted Grandchildren: Savannah Plasch, Joseph Plasch, Jason Harshman.
After graduating from UCSF in 1963, Richard entered the US Air Force as a Captain and performed dentistry for two years in Fairbanks. Many years later, Richard met Peggy at a Rotary luncheon where she spoke on health issues in 1985. Although he was completely enamored with her, he had to live up to his reputation of always making thoughtful, careful decisions. After six short years of friendship and courtship, Richard married Peggy in Half Moon Bay in 1991. He was much loved and accepted as a step father by Eric Knoth (Susan) and Holly Newman (Gary), and step-grandfather by Kali Bailey, Avery Newman.
Professionally, Richard chose Hayward, California as his life's practice location. He rented an office on Mission Boulevard, hung up his "shingle" and waited 2 weeks for his first two patients. As ever, he was a patient man!
His skill and demeanor kept his practice alive and growing for nearly 50 years with volumes of patients who shared their dental health and often their life stories. "He was just easy to talk to & always gently interested". His often-mentioned dry sense of humor soothed and surprised his friends, relatives and patients. His favorite saying: "Because it shows when you smile" was his mark of excellence. Even though he retired in January of 2020 he continued to attend classes and continuously read up on dental literature. His passion for dentistry meant that he was never satisfied to rest on his laurels; he was continually working to learn and to improve himself up to and beyond the day he finally took down his "shingle." He avidly skied since dental school - Just three days before his death he skied a week on the Heavenly Slopes of Lake Tahoe with four of his friends from dental school - an annual event since soon after graduation. He attended "The Big Game" of Cal vs. Stanford, a historic event, in 1982 and seldom missed a home game with his long-time friend Leonard Chong, DDS (deceased). Go Bears! He missed only one Bay to Breakers race over the many years and supported the Cancer Walks often. He fished in Donner Lake for 20+ years and brought home many a dinner. He prized his old! Although tragically cut short by a car & driver, his legacy endures in all the lives he touched. Private services were held Friday, April 2, 2021 at Chapel of the Chimes - high on the hill overlooking his office, his home, the Bay and a spectacular view of San Francisco. It was much of his life in one landscape.
Donations to UCSF School of Dentistry in his name would be appreciated. View the online memorial for Richard Plasch, DDS