Richard Mark Pavich
1961 ~ 2014
Richard (Rick) Pavich died peacefully at his home in Sacramento, CA. on January 10, 2014 after a valiant fight with cancer.
Born November 2, 1961 in Midvale, UT, to Michael Daniel Pavich and Myrtle Burbidge Pavich. Rick graduated from Hillcrest HS and the University of Utah. He later earned a MS in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
A talented singer and actor, Rick was an active participant and contributor to the performing arts. During his 25-year career in Non Profit Management, he spent his energy helping give voice to important social needs for the betterment of others. Beginning in Washington DC with the Human Rights Campaign and the World Wildlife Fund, he later moved to California to work for Lutheran Social Services, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, and was working as the Director of Operations and Development for the Health Access Foundation at his death.
Rick is survived by his spouse Sam Reep, two brothers, Michael and John, and sister Barbara Miller. All who knew Rick recognized him as a gentle caring person spending his life in service to his fellowman. He will be missed.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 20, 2014.
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We were childhood friends. We spent the Summers of '70-'75 doing crazy kid things. Our parents would carry us to events and movies, and back home again. We had similar tastes and interests in many things. We were competitive in school.

We kind of drifted apart in the last year of Junior High. We remained cordial to each other throughout High School. After Graduation, we never saw each other again. However, he always remained in my heart, and my best childhood memories.

Periodically, I would hear of him through friends of friends of his. It always made me smile to hear of his successes. For a period of time, he was the Director of the AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco. Fitting.

Oh, the irony of the simultaneous courses our lives would take, in different locations, never knowing of the real similarities we shared.

His mother was a Registered Nurse; one of American Airlines original, "Stewardesses." His father was a Deputy Sheriff, cum Postmaster. Things he could have bragged about, yet never did.

His life's work benefitted innumerable people. He was most certainly a champion of the disenfranchised.

He left us, a week ago, at the age of 52; working for causes, right until the very end. "Felled," by Cancer, too soon.

While my heart is saddened that he is gone, I will not mourn, because I will live the rest of my life with sweet memories of a friend, and a compassionate human being, I hope I can equal, in contribution to my fellow man.

Godspeed, Rick Pavich. Godspeed!
Jeff Tippetts
January 30, 2014
I will forever be indebted to Rick's kindness and unconditional support. He had a beautiful spirit and will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Thank you Rick for being a mentor and a friend.
Jacqueline Carrillo
January 27, 2014
Today marks two weeks since my colleague and friend Rick Pavich passed away after a valiant fight with Cancer. Rick was only 52 years old and was taken too soon, but my hope is that he lived a complete life and that he was content and at peace before he left this world.

I had not seen Rick in person for a number of months, since he worked in our Sacramento Office and I'm based out of our L.A. Office. On top of that, I have been on medical leave for a number of months. I last spoke to Rick exactly a week before his death. To me, he sounded happy, almost cheerful and there was a peaceful and reassuring cadence to his voice as he shared his past struggles with insurance companies and other issues one has to navigate and deal with on top of being sick. I had no idea that would be my last conversation with Rick... and I'm glad it wasn't limited to work matters, but I wish it would have been a longer conversation ;(

And I am know left with a deep void and wished I could have inquired more, even been a little nosier and allowed the lines between professional behavior and friendship blur a little. Yes, I wish I could have known Rick better. Even after working at the same organization for almost 6 years, I didn't know that Rick was a talented actor and singer, nor that he spoke fluent Russian for example. What I do know is that Rick was an exemplary and indispensable colleague. A man of great character and impeccable professionalism. Someone who could occasionally be lightheartedly cocky and someone you would not want to have an intellectual showdown with unless you had a fondness for rapid ego deflation

So Rick, where ever you are---may you be free of pain, full of joy, and making full use of your talents!

My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Nancy Gomez
January 25, 2014
Rick's memory will be a blessing to all of us who knew him. He was a wonderful, hilarious, caring person, and I'm so glad I got to work with him closely for two years.
Kate Burch
January 25, 2014
May Rick's memory be a blessing for others.
EvAnn Dahl Hawley
January 21, 2014
Barbara so sorry to hear that your younger brother passed away. I always think of your family because I worked for your dad in Midvale and went to school with you.
Paul Sharp
January 20, 2014
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