|Death: ||Aug. 28, 2007|
Richard M. Akita, 67 CARLSBAD - Richard M. Akita, known by his many friends as "Dick" passed away on August 28th in his home at the age of 67.
Dick was a loving, kind, generous and devoted family man. He came from a large family of 11 and when not in school, worked in the family store in Honolulu. He left the islands to earn a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Oregon State University.
Dick proudly served his country as an aviator in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Dick married his high school sweetheart and together they had two children. He went on to receive his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Dick retired from the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant.
His strong sense of duty to his country continued as he worked on numerous classified projects for the Department of Defense. Dick lovingly raised his two children after the untimely death of his first wife, Gwen. Dick later married his surviving wife, Janet, who remains his soul mate.
After retiring from the Department of Defense, Dick worked in the private sector again in support of his country. Dick's love of flight endured and in 2005 earned his private pilot certificate. He generously gave back to the community volunteering his time. He commanded the Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol Squadron 57 based in San Diego where he flew search and rescue missions. He was an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary performing boat safety inspections and training courses. Dick was previous president of the La Jolla Lions Club. Without a second thought, he would selflessly give of himself. Dick's largesse exceeded the common man.
Dick always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and left a wonderful lasting impression wherever he went. His zest for life shown in the way he lived his life. He went on annual ski trips, worked out regularly and went on frequent walks with his wife and dogs Blue and Willow. He was the model of integrity, honesty and respect. He was the consummate "Can do" guy.
Dick loved animals and with his wife chose to live in a wonderful neighborhood a few yards from the Batiquitos Lagoon wetland preserve. He genuinely considered his beloved pets Blue, Big-Sister, Peanut, Willow and Lockey part of his family.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Janet of 22 years, son Michael, daughter Andrea, step-son Marc, daughter-in-law Diana, grandson Alex and family friend Eric. We will miss him deeply.
El Camino Memorial Park handled the arrangements. Sign the Guest Book online obits.nctimes.com Richard Akita Published in North County Times on September 9, 2007
El Camino Memorial Park
San Diego County
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