Richard Esterly |

Richard Esterly

A gathering for Richard Patton Esterly of Nevada City will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Crown Point Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, in Grass Valley.

Mr. Esterly died Thursday, May 2, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 71.

He was born July 1, 1930, in Los Angeles to William W. and Gertrude (Patton) Esterly. He graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1948. He ran track and played on the high school basketball team. He was active in the Boy Scouts and spent his summers working as a U.S. Forest Service ranger. He attended college in Sacramento for two years, then served in the U.S. Air Force in Morocco and West Germany during the Korean War. He then worked at his parents’ dime store in Nevada City. He married Susan Wilson in November 1958.

He worked for the W.W. Esterly Organization as a salesman and broker, and later took over the business. He continued to work there as a real estate salesman and appraiser until his retirement in 2000.

He was a member of the Nevada County Board of Realtors and served three terms as president. He was also a member of the Nevada County Amateur Radio Club; Grass Valley Rifle, Rod and Gun Club; Boy Scout Council; Grass Valley Elks; Masonic Lodge, and was on the Nevada County Assessment Appeals Board.

He was a lifetime member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He enjoyed playing poker, outdoor activities, fishing, amateur radio, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Esterly of Nevada City; son and daughter-in-law, Richard P. and Shari Esterly Jr. of Sacramento; daughters and sons-in-law Lynne A.E. and Michael Walker of Colfax and Christine G. and Michael Hoxsie of South Lake Tahoe.; and grandchildren Allison, Michelle, Jonathan, Nicholas and Kelly.

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