Lives Lived: Richard Dant |

Lives Lived: Richard Dant

Richard “Rick” Dant died Monday, Feb. 15, in Oregon House. He was 75.

A private family memorial will be held in Elk Grove.

Mr. Dant was born April 11, 1934, in Princeton, Ill., to Joseph and Maria Pieri Dant.

He married Mary Kathryn on April 28, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa.

He served in the United States Air Force from September 1953 through September 1978. During the first 10 years of his career, he flew in the RB 47s with the Strategic Air Command. He served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star award for heroism and was a senior master sergeant.

Mr. Dant was an umpire with national ranking. He officiated six national championships including the Olympic Sports Festival in Baton Rouge, La., in 1982. Mr. Dant was inducted as an umpire into the Softball National Hall of Fame at Oklahoma City, Okla.

He graduated with an associate of arts degree from Yuba Community College in Linda, Calif. He worked for the Air Force and Yuba College.

He belonged to the retired military and was a member of the ASA Umpire Association.

He enjoyed umpiring softball, travel and electronics.

Mr. Dant is survived by his wife, Mary Kathryn of Oregon House; sons, Terry of Petaluma, Calif., Kelly of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Tim of Lincoln, Calif.; daughter, Erin of Elk Grove, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Paul Dant of Marysville, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be sent to North Sutter Hospice at Sutter North Medical Foundation Fund Development, 969 Plumas St., Suite 207, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Arrangements are by Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Grass Valley.

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