Richard (Dick) Bagby died peacefully at his Atascadero home Dec. 31, 2012. God gave him to us in April of 1936. He was the third son of Will and Hope Bagby, who ranched in Chihuahua, Mexico before purchasing their Central California ranch in 1945. By 1949, the Hidden Valley Ranch had increased to about 15,000 acres north east of San Miguel in the Indian Valley area. Due to the long drive to town, during the week Dick boarded with Archie and Leona Stenner and attended San Luis Obispo High School. That home is now the location of Sierra Vista Hospital. Upon graduating, he married the love of his life and classmate Ann Henson.
To make ends meet while Dick attended Cal Poly, the newly married couple cut fire wood in the area where Lopez Lake is today. Shortly thereafter, Dick’s older brother Stewart invited him to manage his cattle trucking operation out of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Ready for adventure, Dick moved his young family of three to El Paso Texas. Being the creative guy he was, he designed and built a miniature railroad in one of the major shopping centers there. During this time while still working for Bagby Land and Cattle, he was asked to construct a feed mill for the 200,000 head of cattle that his brother bought in Mexico and crossed the border into El Paso each year. As part of the project, while dismantling a large water tank out on the mesa in New Mexico, the roof collapsed and he fell 40 feet inside.
After many months of hospitalization Dick realized he was no longer physically able to participate in the family business, and his days on horseback and in the feedlot were long behind him. He packed up his family and went to Bible School in Dallas to prepare for the mission field. However, his injuries were causing more and more pain and disability, and his mother Hope persuaded him to return to California; where he once again attended Cal Poly and majored in Ag Business Management.
With a life confined to a wheel chair on the horizon, in 1971 he was one of the very first recipients of a new procedure known as a Charnley Total Hip replacement. The surgery was successful and improved his mobility, which in turn enabled him to purchase and operate the Bagby Sew-Vac in San Luis Obispo, and support his family of now three teenagers.
Tired of the long daily drive to SLO, Dick and Ann sold the store and opened a print shop, Mr. Quick Print, in Atascadero, which is now the location of the Albertson’s Shopping Center.
Anyone who knew Dick, knew that he had a deep abiding faith in God. He loved to study the Bible and quoted verses to friends. The joy of the Lord was truly his strength. He lived justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly with God, right into the loving arms of Jesus.
He is survived by his wife Ann of 58 years and their three children: Janice Bagby Meyers and her husband Pres of Paso Robles; and their three children Matthew, Melinda, and Jennifer. Melinda’s husband Steve Hudson and great-granddaughter Tiyana, and great-grandson Rahmaj. Jennifer’s husband Eric Kramer, and great-grandson James. Joy Bagby Barlogio and her husband Tim of Templeton. Their daughters Becky and Mandy, and Mandy’s husband Casey Evenson. David Bagby and his wife Michelle (Mic) of Atascadero, and their daughters Sami and Sarah.
He is also survived by his brother Bob Bagby and wife Pat of Paso Robles, and their children Mark, Robbie, Karen and Cindy. A brother in Texas, Alan Bagby, and many nieces and nephews.
Dick loved family get-togethers, being with friends, RV-ing, tinkering in his shop, checkers, Ping-Pong, the ocean and sports in general. Most of all his life’s goal was that others would be able to say with him, “I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
A public life celebration memorial will be held at the Atascadero Gospel Chapel (the corner of Curbaril and Atascadero Ave.) on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
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