Richard (Dick) Mayfield reached 101 years of age, and a few days later passed away surrounded by his family. Dick showed his values by example rather than just talking about them. He helped people through his work and by supporting many charities.
Dick was born in Quincy, Mass. September 18, 1912. He and his family moved to a house on the Willamette River near Milwaukie, Ore. when he was six years old. He and his friends rode the streetcar to school and bought pies to eat before dinner on their way back home. This love of pie continued his entire life. He joined Kappa Sigma at University of Oregon and majored in education. He later received an advanced degree from Stanford University. He was a successful amateur boxer in college, and this would surprise those who knew him later in life as a quiet and gentle man. Dick was teaching school in La Grande, Ore. in 1941 when he joined the U.S. Navy to become a First Lieutenant. His ships provided attack landing support for campaigns in Italy and then later in the Pacific Theater. After WWII, he moved to Clovis, Calif., where he was Dean of Boys at the high school. Later he moved to Bakersfield, Calif., to work as a psychologist for the Kern County Office of Education. This is where he met Doris, his wife of 64 years. She was a speech therapist in the same office, and they fell in love at first sight. In 1952, they moved to Salinas, Calif., which became the family home for 40 years. Both Dick and Doris continued to work in education. Dick was the first psychologist hired by the Salinas City Schools, and was in charge of elementary, secondary, and community college systems.
After retiring from his career in psychology, Dick (and Doris) opened Butterchurn Antiques, which kept them searching treasure in places such as Turkey, Russia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, and England. He loved a good bargain, both getting them and giving them. Dick always wanted to return to Oregon and did so in 1991. Doris and Dick moved the antique business north to Medford, Ore., and lived at the Rogue Valley Manor, where they enjoyed many friends. Dick participated as a volunteer in a number of ways: for example, leading tours for Rogue Valley Manor residents, providing help for Habitat for Humanity, and also helping run the tourism office for the Chamber of Commerce.
Dick was an intellectual, a constant reader, and freely shared his thoughts through numerous published letters to the editor advocating for educators, and supporting funding for the homeless, physically and mentally disabled, and other people in need.
Dick is greatly missed by his wife, Doris; daughter, Billie Ann (Bryn) Evans; sons, Gordon (Janet) Mayfield and David (Carlotta) Mayfield; grandchildren, Bryn, Doug, Jenny, Tara, and Alexa; and great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Conner, Frankie, and Bowe. Anyone interested in donating in celebration of Dick's life can contribute to RVM Transportation at Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, 1200 Mira Mar Drive, Medford, OR., 97504.