Richard Raymond Dillon

January 6, 1938 ~ September 26, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


Dick Dillon was born in Port Angeles, Washington on January 6, 1938. His parents were Daniel (Richard) and Grace Washburn Dillon. The family moved to Seattle when he was a small child, and he grew up in the suburb of Ballard.

Dick met the love of his life, Beverly, in high school when he was just 18. A bit nervous of being so young, they waited two years to become engaged and another two years before marrying. They were married 62 years.

Dick’s love of science led him through a degree in Chemistry and a career path through the fields of synthetic rubber, aerospace, lignite coal, and aluminum. Never afraid of a challenge, he then changed careers and built a full service photo finishing business, which he owned for ten years. Changing course once again, he returned to school and obtained a degree in accounting. This led to teaching at a college, working as an accountant in a school for special needs children, and starting his own home based tax accounting business. Retirement brought a move back to his beloved Northwestern Montana, and he established a tax accounting business, which only closed as his physical health prevented him from offering the personalized, caring client service that was his hallmark.

Dick loved many things…fishing, his boat, RC controlled airplanes, mowing his field on his John Deere in the early evening, big family gatherings and quiet conversations, history, museums, long car trips, tent camping (in Yellowstone was his favorite), classic art, music (from Willy Nelson to Tchaikovsky), tinkering in his garage building work benches, beets, lemon pie, all things WWII, gardening, and early morning men’s prayer breakfasts. He coached soccer for each of his three sons. Dick’s Christian faith was strong, and he was active in many roles in churches wherever he lived. The family moved several times, living in Inglewood, California, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Whitefish, Montana as well as returning to the Seattle area two times. He built long lasting friendships wherever he was.

He deeply loved his family and was delighted as it grew.
Dick is survived by his wife Bev, sons Rick (Bonnie), Sean (DeeAnna), Mark (Jennifer), grandchildren Ananda, Micah, Fabiola, Hanna, Zachary (Jenni), Sarah and Katelyn (Brett) Watson and great grandchildren Jack, Fawkes, Finnley, Roman, and Scarlet.

Remembrances may be sent to American Cancer Society or Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

A Celebration of Dick's life will be held at 1 PM Thursday, October 5th at Easthaven Baptist Church, 2010 Whitefish Stage Kalispell, MT. Austin Funeral & Cremation Services is caring for the family.

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