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Richard Dean Hardin, Jr.
June 1, 1964 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Florence - It is with saddened hearts our family announces the passing of our beloved son, Richard Dean Hardin Jr, January 29,2024. Richard was born in Chico, California, June 1, 1964, the son of Susan Lynnette Hardin and Richard Dean Hardin Sr. Rick's fondest memories are the summers and holidays spent with his grandparents at the home he helped them build in Butte Creek Canyon; swimming, tubbing, exploring the island, feeding the ducks, creating forts and exploring caves. Rick attended Moreau High School in Hayward, CA where he loved playing Football on their school team. Upon graduation he began working at the New United Motors Toyota Plant in Fremont, CA. Rick served in the US Navy for 12 years. His love of the military started early when at only 8 years old he applied to enlist. He received a formal thank you letter from the US Navy asking him to reapply when he was 18. Upon enlisting he was stationed at bases in Jacksonville, FL and Marietta GA where he began his specialized training in aircraft maintenance for DC9/C9B Aircraft. Ricks time in the Navy allowed him to travel the world. Rick loved food. Italian was his favorite. Finishing service with several distinguished awards in 2001 he relocated to Montana joining family in Missoula and Florence. After purchasing a home, Rick continued his career in the Aircraft industry, as a TSA agent for Northwestern Airlines, followed by 12 years as a BAe 146 Crew Chief ("Pickles" as he was called) at Neptune Aviation Services. Rick's interests included a passion for his Buell motorcycle, classic cars; sailing and his unending search for a logoed t-shirt/jacket from every beach, bar or Harley Shop around the world. Rick was a wonderful beloved son, uncle and friend. He is survived by his parents, Susan L. Hardin, Richard D Hardin Sr., nephew Christoper Engebretson, nieces Allison Rose Rockwell, and Jenna Fern Engebretson, great nieces Alexis Irene Engebretson and Madilyn Sue Engebretson, his Stair Family in Hamden CT and his loving Hardin family in CA. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Pat's who assisted in his care during his illness.