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Garske, Richard D. 05/29/1940 - 03/26/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Richard Garske was born in West Allis, WI to Frank and Dorothy (Slowinski) Garske. He went home to our Lord on March 26, 2013. He graduated from Manogue High School in Reno, NV, and served four years in the U.S. Navy having served time in Adak, Alaska, Carrier Hornet, and two years on Guam as a weatherman. Once honorably discharged from the Navy, Richard earned a degree in Economics from University of Nevada, Reno. He then packed up his Austin Healey and drove to San Diego to earn his law degree from USD, vowing never to return to the cold. Richard joined the Attorney General's Office in SD in 1972 after graduating from USD and passing the bar exam on his first attempt. He was a Deputy Attorney General of California for 34 years before he finally decided to retire in 2005. His former colleagues attest that Richard was a lawyer of tremendous character and ability, and was a respected, trusted, and valued member of the Dept. of Justice during his many years of dedicated service. He was a mentor to many, and his advice and counsel were frequently sought by friends, colleagueas, and family alike. Richard financed his college days by dealing Craps in Reno, NV learning by example from his mother, who dealt Blackjack for over 40 years. His love of baseball was instant, and lasted from the time he watched his father play as a boy to laughing at Ted Leitner's stories while recounting every Padre swing during their 2012 season. He became a member of professional Toastmasters and was the frequent orator requested for his elequent style. He truly was a man of integrity and held in high esteem by all who knew him for his honesty, optimism, and religious faith, which was deeply entwined in every phase of his personal and professional life. The idea of "God, family, and country" describe him completely. His life-long Catholic Faith drew him to daily mass and rosary, where he befriended many of the nuns at his Parish always taking the extra step and often even driving them to doctor visits. He was the consument family man. Richard and Sandra were a couple for 42 years, and his children were his whole life. He treasured his family and placed deep emphasis on the value of his friends, who were the loves of his life. He is survived by wife Sandra, son Grant, daughter Alexis, sister Ilo and husband Larry Hauder, brother James and wife Patti Garske, Uncle Conrad Slowinski and Aunt Mildred Garske. He was beloved by all for his values and what he represented as a man. He will be deeply missed by anyone who ever had the pleasure to meet him. Rosary on Monday, April 8th, 6 p.m. Funeral Mass, Tues. 11 a.m. Both services at St. Therese Parish in Allied Gardens. Please sign the guestbook at www.conradlemongrove.com

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Apr. 6 to Apr. 11, 2013
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