Richard (Dick) E. Anderson, 80, dies

Richard (Dick) E. Anderson, 80, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2015.
Dick was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Goldren and Engwall Anderson, and graduated from Murray High School in St. Paul, MN in 1953. He earned a BA degree from Macalester College in St. Paul and a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Dick’s service as a Lieutenant in the Navy and Naval Reserve lead to a lifetime love of sailing.
Dick taught high school and coached at Mapleton High School in Denver from 1961 to 1963, at Lake County high school from 1963 until 1980 and at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado from 1986 to 1995.
Dick married Mary (nee Rautio) in 1982. They resided in the Denver area while teaching until 1995, then retired to Leadville Colorado, spending many winters in Mexico RVing and this last winter in Tucson.
For 17 years, Dick was a teacher and coach (track and field, cross country and basketball) at Lake County High School in Leadville and for nine years at Gateway High School in Aurora Colorado. His achievements include 10 state championship teams; Dick was named Cross Country Coach of the Year 5 times; he was inducted into the Lake County Coaches Hall of Fame (2004) for cross country and track; and the Colorado Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2006). His track and field team produced individual state champions (breaking five state records) and numerous all-state and all-conference athletes. One of Dick’s greatest accomplishments was the impact he had on his students and athletes. Because of his love for kids, he helped students and athletes realize their dream of finishing high school (e.g. Gateway’s high risk dropout program) to finding scholarships that helped his students and athletes attend college.
People will remember Dick for his passion for adventure, service through coaching and teaching and love of family and friends. Dick was someone who “lived life large” and embraced its many possibilities. He made friends wherever he went, was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, and a dedicated ski patrolman for more than 20 years. He loved photography and anything to do with the mountains and oceans, including scuba diving and blue water sailing. Many wonderful cars and dogs were lucky enough to be with him throughout his years. In 2002, he drove cross country with his old high school buddies in an antique car in “The Great Race”.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 33 years; daughters: Susan Giubardo (Joseph), Lisa Sobke (Scott), Jenny Phillips (Robin) and son Eric Anderson (Ericka) and 10 grandchildren: Erik, Dotti, Rachel, Kati, Joseph, Jenna, Adam, Ruby, Lucy and Goldie and a great-grandson (Colson). His zest for life, his love and kindness will be missed.
A celebration of his life will be held in the near future. Donations can be made in his name to either The Humane Society or the American Lung Association in Colorado.