Richard Wayne Hunt
HUNT—Richard Wayne Hunt passed away on Sept. 9, 2021, at home in his favorite chair.
Dick was born Jan.31, 1933, in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., to Lillian and Arthur Hunt. He grew up with his younger brother, Warren, in Washington and Southern Oregon before settling in Swisshome, Ore.
After graduating from Mapleton High School in 1951 and an initial half-hearted attempt at Oregon State College, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he spent much of his service time touring Germany and neighboring countries on an old Matchless motorcycle.
Upon returning home, he met and promptly fell in love with local beauty Patricia Lytle. They were married on June 10, 1957, and moved into a small apartment in Florence, Ore.
Dick returned to Oregon State, graduating in 1959 with an accounting degree and a job waiting at the Internal Revenue Service, where he would spend his entire career. He and Pat moved around Oregon with the I.R.S., making lifelong friends and memories along the way.
In 1961, their oldest son, Don, was born in Salem. Their second, Brian, was born in Medford in 1963. After a brief stint in Eugene, the family finally settled in Aloha, Ore., where they remained until Dick retired from the I.R.S. on his 55th birthday. Well over 100 people attended his retirement party.
He and Pat made the most of retirement. Dad bought another motorcycle and rode it all over Oregon. After failing to convince Mom that riding on the back of the bike was fun, they bought a touring motorhome, “Winnie,” frequently taking it camping to the mountain lakes in the Willamette Pass and on several trips around the country. In 1996, they moved to Florentine Estates, an active retirement village in Florence, Ore., where Dad played golf or tennis nearly every day until he couldn’t anymore.
Mom and Dad made many friends in Florentine and cherished their time there.
Dick loved Pat, his boys, tennis, golf, Odell Lake, Heidelberg beer and the Oregon State Beavers. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Don and Brian (Lisa), brother Warren (Susan) and six grandsons: Brad, John, Jason, Bryan, Trevor and Sam.
In accordance with Dad’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Instead, put some beers on ice and go camping.