Richard “Rick” Sullivan, 79, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, of kidney failure, at an Adult Family Home where he was lovingly and compassionately cared for by Maria Ibarra.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 19, 1938, the son of Dale and Eleanor Sullivan, his family later moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
He proudly wore the Boy Scout uniform from the time he was a young boy until he earned his Eagle Scout Badge. His father, Dale, also became an Eagle Scout at the same time. Rick worked at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, during the summers until he moved out of state.
After graduating from high school, he attended Nebraska State Teachers College in Chadron, Nebraska, where he played baseball and became a teacher. After graduating college, he taught sixth grade at Deming Elementary School in Cheyenne, and continued to play baseball, pitching for the Greeley Grays. He met his wife, Jane Holley, on a blind date, and they were married in Greeley, Colorado, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church on December 19, 1965.
After earning his Master’s in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1969, he was offered a teaching position with the Highline School District in Seattle, Washington. He and Jane settled in Kent, Washington where Rick taught sixth grade at Riverton Heights Elementary. In 1972, Rick became the director of Camp Waskowitz, the outdoor education facility for the Highline School District. He remained at Camp until his retirement in 1999.
Teaching truly was Rick’s passion. He had a deep desire to see young people reach their full potential, and he found many fun and interesting ways to make that happen. He wrote all the curriculum for the outdoor education program at Waskowitz, and developed an entire program revolving around the outdoors. Even after retiring, he continued to teach his granddaughter, Ellie, all about the natural world while babysitting her until she entered Kindergarten.
Rick leaves behind his wife of almost 52 years, Jane (Holley) Sullivan; his daughter, Anne Marie Rutt, her husband Ted, and their daughter, Ellie (18); his brother Ron and his wife Holli; and many other family members and friends.
A memorial service and interment will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in Federal Way, Washington. Those wishing to pay their respects are invited to sign the guestbook at www.marlattfuneralhome.com.
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