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Richard Alan “Rick” Calkins

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Richard Alan “Rick” Calkins, 55, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 with his family by his side.

He was born in San Luis Obispo and lived the majority of his life in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. He graduated from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in 1975 and began his career with CalFire in 1974 as a seasonal firefighter.

After retiring from a long career with CalFire, Rick went to work for Black Timber Wildfire Company. He most recently worked as a wildland firefighter for UniEngine, also known as “klump pump.”

Rick loved ocean fishing, hunting and being outdoors. Most of all, he loved his family and friends.

Rick is survived by his parents, Richard G. “Dick” and Joyce Calkins of San Miguel; sister, Kelly Bungarz (Doug) of Atascadero; daughters Heidie Haskell, and her fiance, Kevin Binger, and Heather Duditch (David) of El Cajon, Calif.; grandsons Julien Hinds and Zachary Binger of Atascadero; nephew, Jake Murch and girlfriend Tracey LoSchiavo of Atascadero.

He also leaves behind a large extended family and many close friends.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at “Deer Camp” in Pozo, Calif., with a barbecue to follow.

Please R.S.V.P to Doug Bungarz at dabungarz@yahoo.com by Nov. 20. Directions to the event are from Santa Margarita to U.S. Highway 58, to Pozo Road, to River Road and then follow the signs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rick Calkin’s grandchildren’s fund at any Mission Community Bank. Please visit his obituary at chapeloftherosesatascadero.com.

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