Richard Mark Bay
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Richard Mark Bay

Redding, CA

Richard Mark Bay (61) died at home after battling the brain disease Frontotemporal Degeneration (Behavioral Variant Type). He was well loved by his wife of 35 years, Patricia Bay, his daughters Tara and Ashley Bay and his granddaughter, Allison Bay. His sister, Claire Bay, and countless other family members and friends, adored Rich, as well.

Rich was born in Los Angeles, to parents Fredric and Jeannette Bay, and lived there until he and Patty moved to Redding in 1981. For 30 years he was the attorney who represented abused children, working tirelessly to make them safe from further harm. At one time, he was also the youngest Federal Judge in the United States.

Music and dancing were two of Rich's passions. He was the drummer for the rock band The Torpedoes. Rich also played many other types of drums, including Native American drums which he loved to play accompanying Patty playing Native American flutes and didgeridoo.

Rich and Patty taught clogging in Redding beginning in 1981. They coached Shasta County Cloggers, Attitude Clogging Team and Take That Cloggers. They also loved to ballroom dance together.

One of Rich's tremendous joys was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. His Harley buddies meant the world to him and they enjoyed countless hours riding all over the West coast. He loved it when Patty was with him on the Harley. Working out was Rich's other great passion. During his long illness, he was often seen walking for hours, along with his best buddy, Harley, his German Shorthaired Pointer.

Rich was a man of integrity, honor, dignity and strength. He loved his family and friends more than anything in this world. He will be deeply missed by so many people.

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm Center for Spiritual Living 1905 Hartnell Ave., Redding 96002.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Jan. 17, 2016.
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