Dr. Richard Timmons
1927 - 2019
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Dr. Richard Timmons

"All I've ever wanted to do is to make people feel better" was something friends and family of Dr. Richard Timmons heard him often say. He said those very words the week of his death on Dec. 3, 2019 at 92 years old.

Dr. Timmons, born in Cleveland, OH on Jan. 25, 1927 to Donald Barnes Timmons and Mary Poe Timmons, spent his early years in New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Navy from early 1945 to mid-1946, after which he attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH, graduating in 1950.

He moved to Phoenix after taking a job at TRW and enjoyed traveling around the Desert Southwest for the next several years. He then enrolled in medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, graduating in 1958. He completed his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix and began his medical career as a General Practitioner / Family Practice doctor. He became a Charter Member and a Life Member of the Arizona Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) in Phoenix.

Dr. Timmons was in private practice from 1958-1988, then went into Occupational Medicine as Physician / Medical Director at Garrett / Allied Signal / Honeywell Aerospace. He was certified as an Aviation Medical Examiner by the FAA and performed many pilot physicals and was also certified as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and managed the Federal drug screening program for Honeywell, as well as cared for all the company employees. He retired in 2014 at 87 years old after a career that spanned over 56 years of helping others to "feel better."

Not only did he love medicine, he was also an avid photographer and was the "unofficial photographer" for many events, such as weddings, political activities, church functions, etc.

Dr. Timmons was active in his church, Grace Bible Church, singing in the choir for 16 years and served as the "unofficial doctor" for the choir and members of the congregation when needed. He used his extensive medical knowledge, experience, and common sense approach to the practice of medicine to enrich and bless those with whom he came in contact.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Donna; 2 sons, Rod and Steve (Deborah) Timmons; 1 daughter, Sarah Perahia (Eldad); 2 stepchildren, Matthew and Nicole Carver; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, John, Robert, and Jim; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His brother, Frank Timmons, and a foster brother, Eddie Eng, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 31, 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 19280 N. 99th Avenue, Sun City, AZ.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 6 to Jan. 19, 2020.
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February 15, 2020
I saw Doc Timmons several times while working at HON. I told him it was much easier and more efficient for the company for me to see him instead of wasting hours to see a doctor via my medical plan. I never had to wait more than a few minutes and Doc listened patiently to what I had to say - unlike any doctor I ever saw through my medical plan. I was especially impressed with his insight. In 2013, I told him that my mother had just started having seizures - a new problem for her. He said that it was very unusual for this to happen for the first time at her age. He then said, "Something is causing this, they just haven't found the cause. Maybe she has brain cancer." 3.5 years later, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. I am happy to have had a long phone conversation with him last September. He was a fine physician and I will miss him.
Venkatesh Krishnan
February 15, 2020
Venkatesh Krishnan
January 25, 2020
HI - I am a neighbor and work at Honeywell/Garret where Dr. Timmons worked. I had association with him in both capacities. He was a well loved man at Honeywell....a legend as they say. I only saw him professionally a couple of times but I always walked away feeling better. Indeed...he lived true to his wish that "all I ever wanted to do was to make people feel better".
Bill Janiga
January 19, 2020
I have such fond memories of Dr Timmons. He delivered my first son who turned 60 in November, my other 2 sons and was so excited when he deliver our daughter in 1965. A great family doctor for our family. He will certainly be missed.
Marilyn Belzner
January 13, 2020
He was a good friend to many, including my husband, who loved going on flying excursions with him. We went to a cabin above Michigan where his Mom made the best Blueberry Pie.
Burnie Fox
January 10, 2020
The kindness, generosity and wisdom that Rich gave in service to others live on in the hearts of those whose lives he touched. Rest In Peace.
Sincerely, Marie
Marie Geare
January 9, 2020
Dr. Timmons was our family doctor for many years. He was an excellent physician, a wonderful man, and a trusted confident. He delivered my daughter in 1970 and remained a friend after he left private practice. Prayers for his family. God Speed Doc.
Steve Playford
January 8, 2020
"Doc" as we called him will forever remain a light in my heart! I had the privilege of working with him for many years at Allied Signal/Honeywell. He taught me more about life than I could have ever learned on my own. He had the most wonderful stories. He knew how to make EVERYONE feel better! I have never in my life met a physician so dedicated to his patients and employees where we worked. He was an extra ordinary friend and physician! The heavens have received their very own special angel the day he was called home. God bless you Doc! May your family know how much you were loved and will be missed! May God shower them with all of the great memories and may they all know the love you will continue to radiate upon them!
kathy Edwards
January 8, 2020
I've enjoyed many visits with Dr Timmons through the years, and he always left me with a smile, feeling good. He had a great bedside manner, patient focused, and caring. He also had a wonderful, questing personality. When asked at his retirement about what he planned to do, he said he wanted to drive across the country (at 89, if I remember his age correctly). He stayed at Honeywell as long as he did because he truly loved the people. He was our caretaker, and it was a blessing to know him.
-David Bluestein, Honeywell
David Bluestein
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