Dick Terry, 88, of Scottsdale went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2007. He was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Portland, Ore.
He spent his boyhood on his family's 1000-acre working ranch in Lakeside, Calif., where he began his lifelong love of horses and the outdoors. He lived there until after the Depression when his family moved to their second home in Coronado, Calif.
He earned an engineering degree and, following in his father's footsteps, went on to work for Utah International from 1942 to 1983 as a mining and construction engineer. His career spanned the globe, managing projects such as the Alcan Highway in Alaska; iron ore mines in Columbia, Peru and Africa; and dam projects in Arizona, Oregon, Mexico and New Zealand. Dick was often brought in to "rescue" projects if they ran into difficulties and brought them back to operational level. The New Zealand project was one of these and was the largest hydro-electric plant of its time. He was honored at a large ceremony by the Queen of England for his outstanding accomplishment on this project.
Dick loved to ride horses and did so whenever his schedule allowed. In his younger years he broke wild horses and went on to participate in many rodeos in the West. He brought the first Western saddle into New Zealand, where he taught the local cowboys about Western riding techniques. He was also a member of the Woodside Trail Club, a prestigious riding group in California.
He loved hunting and ocean fishing all over the world, a regular "Hemingway." He was an award-winning gardener and had a knack for fixing almost anything. He loved to travel, where he would meet and embrace the local people. His travels took him to almost every country in the world. He was loved and well respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Gladys, who he met in 1946 in Kingman while working on the Davis Dam project. He is also survived by his daughters, Barbara (Jerry) Cheuvront and Lorene Grantham; son, Ron (Sharon) Terry; daughter-in-law, Jane Terry (surviving wife of son Leonard Terry); sister, Nancy Terry-Salmon; sister-in-law, Phyllis Terry (surviving wife of brother, Dave); brothers-in-law, Bud (Elsie) Smith and Jim Smith; sister-in-law, Judy Smith (surviving wife of brother-in-law, Clarence "Pee Wee"); grandsons, Chuck and Chris Stocks; Darren, Shawn, and Todd Grantham; and Scott and Steven Terry; granddaughters, Jodie Blood and Karen Grantham; as well as 25 great-grandchildren, all very special to him. Dick will always be cherished and remembered for his teasing sense of humor, his loving spirit and his kind and generous heart. He will be greatly missed by all that loved him.
Services will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, on Wednesday, March 14, 2007. A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 3.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dick's name to Rescue a Horse of Scottsdale, 6631 E. Montgomery Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, (602) 689-8825, www.rescueahorse.com. Please join us in celebrating Dick's life by visiting www.mem.com.