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Richard H. Stone

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Richard H. Stone Obituary
July 20, 1934 - November 11, 2017 Richard H. Stone was a devoted husband, father & granddad, who passed away peacefully in Pasadena, CA on 11/11/17 with his family by his side, after a courageous fight with an aggressive cancer. He remained positive, always bringing happiness to those around him with his infectious humor, smile and beautiful blue eyes. Richard is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Teri Stone and Kim (Steve) Castro of Scotts Valley, CA, along with their three children, Patrick, Whitney and Connor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Verona, & brother, Jerry of Poway CA. Richard was born on July 20, 1934 in Alhambra, CA and attended San Gabriel Mission High as their first Class President, graduating in 1953. He was a proud USC Trojan, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Dee Vaughn at an SAE fraternity/sorority mixer. Richard ran his father's southern CA plumbing contractors business while still in college. He also built & ran Stone Wall Liquors, which was the largest retail liquor store in San Gabriel Valley. He graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Accounting & a minor in Law, followed a month later by their fairy tale wedding. He went on to develop, invest & manage residential & commercial real estate properties for 35 years on his own, until he joined Coldwell Banker & became Previews Director in Arcadia for 15 years. He was an active member of Arcadia Association of Realtors, served as Association President, Realtor of the Year & received a distinguished AAR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He served years as a `Director of the California Association of Realtors & was presented the CAR President's Award; & as a Director of the National Association Realtors. He was instrumental in creating new Broker's license regulations; removing provisional license status with the Dept of Real Estate (Cal-BRE); increasing the level of education required for new licensees; creating CRMLS & CARETS, along with many new developments in real estate ethics, procedures, and programs through his efforts on numerous committees of CAR & NAR. Richard was passionate about family summers in Maui, winters in Mammoth, snorkeling, snow & water skiing, & daily swimming, along with his love of travel. His zest for life, humor, story-telling, & laughter, set him apart from the rest. Graveside services will take place at Forest Lawn, Glendale on November 20th at Noon. The family requests contributions to in lieu of flowers.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2017
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