Richard Carl Bullard

Richard Carl BullardAfter a brief and difficult struggle with cancer, Richard Carl Bullard went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2014. He was 71.

There will be a celebration of life service at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. Richard was born on Dec. 9, 1942 to Rollin and Grace Bullard in Oceanside, Calif.

The Bullard family loved the Mammoth area. Richard developed his life-long love of fishing as a young boy, honing his skills on Twin Lakes.

He graduated from Oceanside High School in 1960, where he spent his time participating in the Oceanside High School Marching Band and surfing the Pacific Ocean, just blocks from his home.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1961 and served more than eight years with tours in Vietnam, Japan, Tennessee and San Diego, Calif.

In 1965 he married Kathleen Hart, with whom he celebrated 49 years of marriage last week. They had two sons, Rick and Allen.

Following Richard’s years in the Navy, he and Kathi moved to Sacramento, where he worked on the developing Bay Area Rapid Transit system and worked with the U.S. Army Depot on hand-held radios used by active-duty soldiers in Vietnam. He was very proud of these radios.

In the early 1970s, Richard moved his family to Whidby Island, Wash., where he worked as a contractor for the U.S. Marines on the EA-6B Prowler, an electronic attack airplane.

In 1978, the family moved to Ridgecrest, where Richard worked for the Department of Defense as an electrical technician and engineer. He spent the majority of his career on the base working with the F/A-18 Hornet program, another combat jet plane.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church since 1979. Living in Ridgecrest, Richard had ample opportunity to enjoy his passion for aviation, building and flying remote-controlled airplanes, cheering his boys on in soccer and spending summers camping and fishing in Mammoth.

Richard retired in 2000. After a brief time in Paso Robles, he and Kathi moved to Las Vegas, Nev. They enjoyed summers in Parowan, Utah, where they developed community with fellow retirees.

In Utah Richard spent his days enjoying his beloved fly fishing and embarking on a new hobby, riding all-terrain vehicles with friends. Richard and Kathi moved back to Ridgecrest in 2012.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Rollin and Grace Bullard; brother Rollin Jr., and sister-in-law Betty Bullard.

He is survived by his wife, Kathi, children Rick and Stacy Bullard of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Allen and Karina Bullard of Ridgecrest; brother and sister-in-law Ted and Theresa Bullard; grandchildren, Kaylin and Chad Bullard of Sugar Hill and Parker and Tyler Bullard of Ridgecrest and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by the family of Richard Carl Bullard

Story First Published: 2014-03-05