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Richard Kern Fontaine


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Richard Kern Fontaine Obituary
Richard Kern Fontaine May 31, 1928 - June 11, 2017 San Diego Rear Admiral (USN) Richard Kern Fontaine (Rich) peacefully passed away at the age of 89, on June 11, 2017, at home in San Diego, California. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 31, 1928 to Jean Henri Fontaine and Lillian Dora Richard Fontaine, Rich attended Southwest High School as a star athlete in swimming and golf and as an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 119. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951, Rich had a successful career, achieving the rank of Rear Admiral in March 1978. His distinguished naval career included four at sea commands with the USS Parrot (MSC 97), USS Hissem (DER 400), San Diego based USS Hoel (DDG 13) and USS Reeves (CG 24). Among his numerous decorations and awards are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with gold star in lieu of second award), Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Order, and the Bronze Star Medal (with Combat V). Rich married his high school sweetheart, Sara Jean Wyatt (Sally) of Minneapolis on June 8, 1951 and they embarked on a lifelong adventure over their 67 year marriage. Upon retirement from the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in 1984, Rich and Sally settled in Rancho Bernardo and Rich had a second successful career with Logicon as a member of the Senior Executive Staff. He was active in numerous local service organizations including the San Diego Navy League (Ship Commissioning Chairman), Military Order of World Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Freedom Foundation, and as a marshal for various PGA tournaments. In addition to the Navy, golf was Rich's lifelong passion and was only second to his enjoyment of his family and large extended network of friends from his childhood, the Navy and many avenues of life. Rich is survived by his wife Sara, 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Rich is remembered by family and friends as a fantastic husband and father, a true patriot who served his country well and as a rare "Golden Gate Good Guy". We wish you fair winds and following seas.In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Rich's name to Wounded Warriors.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on June 19, 2017
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