Richard A Palin Sr

Portland, Oregon

November 1, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
69 USMC  


 Served from 1962 to 1964

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November 7, 2012

Richard A. Palin, Sr.
Born in Bristol, RI on May 10, 1943
Died on Nov. 1, 2012 and resided in Portland, OR.
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Richard A. Palin was born on May 10, 1943 in Bristol, Rhode Island to Chester A. Palin and Edna M. Pittenger.
He passed away suddenly with his wife Cathy and his children, Richard Jr., Wendy, and Katrina, and son-in-law
Courtney by his side on November 1, 2012.
The family moved west to California when Richard was 14. He joined the Marine Corp. at 17 and served for four
years, although as he always said, "Once a Marine, always a Marine!!!" (He was a member of the American
Legion Carl Douglas Post in Estacada, Oregon.) After being discharged from the Marines, he worked in the
grocery business, followed by long haul truck driving. He stopped driving trucks as he had started a family and
missed his children too much. He then worked in the demolition business. After a visit with friends in the
Northwest, he moved his family from Fresno, California to Estacada, Oregon in 1981 where he was employed by
Graphic Arts Center as a printer. He returned to the grocery business to finish out his career and retired in 2005.
He attended college in Fresno, California, earning an A.A. in Business. He lived in Estacada until his passing.
Richard's love was being on the water. He bought his first boat at the age of 12 with the money that he earned
doing a paper route and odd jobs. He was unable to take the boat when he moved west, and he always regretted
that. He bought a ski boat in the early 1970's that he later named "Miss Katie" after his daughter passed away in
1996. All of his children learned to ski behind Miss Katie. Before they were able to ski on their own, Richard
would have them either stand on the skis in front of him, or he would hold them in one arm. More than a few times
he was accused of trying to drown them. Miss Katie remains in the family.
Besides his love for boating, Richard was an avid camper, although getting ready for the camping trips was
always a long, painful experience for his children. But once the family arrived at their destination and camp was
set up, there were nothing but great memories for all. He enjoyed camping so much, that in 1989 he bought his
own camp site at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway where a new extended family was started in the "Circle of 7".
This was his home away from home where he and Cathy would visit every weekend throughout the summers as
well as weeks on end for vacations. He missed the old days of camping at Pismo Beach, attempting to race the
'71 Chevy up the sand dunes amongst other trucks and buggies. More than once he got to use his winch. Since
moving to the Northwest, he has enjoyed many trips to Long Beach, Washington with his family and friends.
Richard loved all kinds of music and instilled a love of music into his children. He loved anything from the 1950's
to present day music, rock 'n roll, pop, country and rap. Salt N Pepa to Beastie Boys, UB40 to Zac Brown Band,
Sugar Hill Gang to Fleetwood Mac. But his absolute favorite was Shania Twain.
Richard was a sports lover; from boxing to MMA, to the NFL. He loved the New England Patriots, although he
would root for any east coast team that was playing. He especially hated the Dallas Cowboys and Notre Dame.
He loved to call his son-in-law Wally (a die-hard Cowboys fan) and say, "GO PATS"!!!!
Richard's most important love of all was his family. There was nothing that meant more to him than his wife, his
children, his grandchildren, and his dog. He raised three very independent, hard working, responsible children and11/25/12 Memorial Obituaries Palin, Sr., Richard
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was very proud of them. He felt blessed to have two wonderful sons-in-law, and daughter-in-law. He loved being a
papa and cherished every moment he got to spend with his grandchildren, who were perfect in his eyes.
Richard is survived by his wife Cathryn Louise (Weez), his children, Richard Jr. , his wife Cheri and their children,
Zac, Ashley and Hannah from Orcutt, California; Wendy Umsteadt, her husband Courtney, and their children,
Whitney and Jaycie from Orcutt, California; and Katrina Shearer, her husband Wally, and their children, Morgan,
Maya and Macie from Happy Valley, Oregon. He is also survived by his mother, Edna Pittenger, from Milwaukie,
Oregon, his sister, Katie Cassidy from Snowflake, Arizona, and his chocolate lab, Sammy Brown Sugar. He is
predeceased by his father Chester A. Palin, daughter Katie, and his dog Hercules. He is also survived by
extended family and many wonderful friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the Thompson Road Bible Fellowship, 7606
Thompson Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to the American Heart Association, the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society, or the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

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