May 29, 1944 ~ July 24, 2013
Terry Jon Dickinson of Arcata, Calif., passed away suddenly July 24, 2013. Born in San Francisco, Calif., on May 29, 1944 to Donald James Jim Dickinson and Crystal Dickinson, he was the second of five children. His father Jim, mother Crystal and his older brother Robert Jay preceded Terry in death. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Purnell-Dickinson; daughters, Kristin Dickinson, of New Orleans, La. and Kari Dickinson-Ansari, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; brothers, Timothy, of Willow Creek, Calif. and Damon of Ukiah, Calif.; sister, Margaret Lynn; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, son in-law and sister in-law, and numerous friends throughout the country.
Terry graduated from Arcata High School in 1962 and as a student he excelled in sports with a special love of golf, baseball and football. As a youth, he played in Babe Ruth All Stars games, later played linebacker, and represented Arcata High in the California All-Star Shriner's Football game. He received offers to play baseball after high school but chose other pursuits. From a very young age, he spent his time playing and caddying at Bayside then Baywood Golf and Country Club in Arcata and developed a love of golf that lasted over 50 years. From a single digit golf handicap in his youth, he finally walked off the course for the last time in July.
During his lengthy career, he was involved in Industrial Supply businesses in Oregon and California and served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of one of the businesses he was involved with during his career.
What were most important to Terry were his loved ones and his friends. Terry also loved a good joke, never lost the chance to tease and could turn the most benign story into a believable tale that would have you laughing, while struggling to try to remember every word so you could repeat it later in an attempt to get the same laughs usually in vain. He was a man who was honest, loyal, charismatic and loved by a wide circle of friends as well as his family. He was a man of excesses, and he rarely found the middle, be it a joke, kindness or his generosity. Underneath the wonderful storyteller was a man who loved and taught his children compassion, that showing love is much more important than the words themselves, that life can be sad but that does not mean it can't be funny and that people are the most important things. Terry was curious and always ready to learn, laughed easily and loved music. There is already a noticeably empty space in the world felt by his absence and those that knew him will continue to miss his smile and wonderful sense of humor.
A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held at Baywood Golf and Country Club in Arcata, Calif., September 28, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to sunset. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to the American Heart Association, Sequoia Humane Society or the charitable group of your choice.