Dick Erickson

Profile Updated: June 12, 2021
Residing In: Cathlamet, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Joan Chester
Children: Two Daughters & three Grand children & two great granddaughters

Danna Speer, Lives in Carrollton More…Texas with two sons Daniel and Dalton

Lori Ashmore, Lives in Flower Mound Texas with one daughter Josie
Military Service: US Air Force  
School Story:

High School Stories:

Too many to tell and some would still get me into trouble. For all you guys that did all that stuff with me .. you remember it .. and nobody else would care about it.

Football and my team are still fresh in my mind. Lots of good times

What have you been doing since Since you Retired?

The last 10 years have been sort of crazy. In Dallas I met a wonderful lady Joan, fell in love - again- and then relocated to SW Washington State. We built a Tuscany style Bed and Breakfast Villa. We were going to be innkeepers for 5-10 years. After we opened the Villa I then took the job as the County Economic Development Director for 3 1/2 years until we developed the B&B Business. Then I retired from that and became the Chamber of Commerce President. Now we are building our retirement home down on the River. We hope to sell the Villa in the next few years, move into the smaller home and travel.

Well that had happened, we sold our Villa, I have retired and we are making plans to travel.

How many careers have you had in your adult life? Did you have a favorite or most rewarding?

US Air Force
Print Shop Manager - Western Savings and loan Phoenix.
Manger Direct Mail Company - Tempe
Moved to Dallas
Managed Dallas Direct Mail Company - Closed
Owned an Advertising Agency
Marketing Dir for Home Building Company
Owned a Real Estate Consulting Company - sold it
Director of Marketing for a Cell Phone Company
Economic Development Dir for North Dallas Chamber
Started Outdoor Staging company - sold it
Started a Mobile Staging Company - sold it
Move to Washington State
Started a B&B business
County Economic Development Director
Running a B&B and Wedding Business
I have conducted over 200 weddings at the Villa
Started a local craft brewery
Our B&B is for sale and I am looking to Retire again.
Sold the Villa and retired

What career did you always want to try but never did?

I wanted to be a charter Boat Captain on a Sail boat in the Tropics

What are you most nostalgic about from your Tempe High School years?

I know just a dumb jock! Football, Track & Hunting. I really do miss my team mates. As a kid from across the tracks all of my friends meant a lot to me. Having a group of friends that not only supported me in sports, but they were always ready to go camping, water skiing on the canals, getting somebody to buy a six pack for us, and driving our "fast" cars that we had to repair every weekend.

Favorite Music, Then and Now?

Then I loved Jazz, Now I love Blues

Favorite Movie(s), Then and Now?

Any John Wayne Move then and now

Favorite T.V. Program(s), Then and Now?

Re runs fo John Wayne Movies

What teachers stand out most from those Tempe High School days? Why?

All my teachers that were coaches

What would you like to share about what you've learned from life the past years since Tempe High School?

Hard work and long hours, keeping the mind sharp is what it takes to have success in this world. Being very competitive in sports made me a better businessman.

Are there any embarrassing moments that you are interested in sharing? Strictly optional.

too many times on our camping trips or in the gym, best just leave it there!

Who is that "one person" you would like to see and talk with from your days at Tempe High? Why?

Jane Warne

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Dec 26, 2021 at 8:18 AM

Hi John, wow it nice getting to see you again at our reunion this year. Just seeing you brought back so many fun memories. There’s never enough time to visit and re live our High School days. Here is a photo you will get a kick out of. It’s me marrying a couple on our beach next to the Columbia River. I never dreamed I would do something lit that, but actually I have married over 200 people while owning our B& B.

It’s that time of year again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLE PAL!

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Oct 29, 2021 at 7:48 AM

Hi John, happy birthday ole pal. I enjoyed our visit last week. Take care of yourself. Richard

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Jun 26, 2021 at 7:31 AM

I don’t know if you get on this site, bu if you do - HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLE PAL!!

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Jun 18, 2021 at 8:29 AM

Hi John, wow I just read your update! Damn i’m Sorry to hear about your health problems. This getting old is tough. I am hoping to get to the reunion this year, I hope we can meet up. Good luck pal, keep the good fight!

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May 28, 2021 at 7:34 AM

Hello ole Pal, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Next year we will hit the big 80! Hope to see you at our next reunion.

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Once again, another year gone by! Oh well HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLE PAL

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Posted on: Dec 14, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Good morning Elaine, I hope you and your family are doing well during this crazy time in our county. Happy birthday dear friend. Living in a tiny country town in Washington State makes us social distance naturally, We are well, I went to Texas for Thanksgiving and my Birthday. I don’t do lockdowns very well. Remember we have a room for you if you choose to visit the PNW.

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Sep 26, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Laura that was a great update. Joan and I own a B&B in a small town (Cathlamet) in SW Washington State called The Villa at Little Cape Horn. We live on the Columbia River. As you know the PNW is nothing like AZ. We love it up here. Hood River is also a special place, and fun to visit and watch the kite boarding. We have conducted many weddings here at the Villa. The next time you visit your kids stop by the Villa on a road trip to the coast.

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2020 at 7:49 AM

Happy Birthday Kay, we made it another year! Yeah!!!

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May 28, 2020 at 9:33 AM

Wow Tom, I never heard that story. Going to Phoenix and Bob’s Big Boy is what we did in those days. Penny was a sweet person. Always had a smile and a kind word. It’s sad we are losing our classmates. 

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May 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM

Gary, you old dude- time for another birthday- how are you doing?

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Joan and Richard (Dick) Erickson at our open house when we opened the Villa. We designed and built this Tuscany Villa Bed & Breakfast on the Columbia River in May of 2005.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Joan and me hanging at a cook-out on the Famous Columbia River Cathlalmet, Washington.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
My old printing press when I managed the print shop for Western Savings & Loan Phoenix Arizona
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I used to be a scuba instructor in Dallas, this was a trip to Cozamel Mexico, check out that old gear.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
After the dive we went to an island and cooked all the fresh catch!
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Deer hunting in northern Arizona.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I was stationed in Alaska for a short time, getting ready for duty in the dark of the cold night.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
We love our Military Weddings at the Villa, this is right after one of our weddings. We have a lot of GI's get married at the Villa. We have a special Elope package just for the Military.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Shot of me conducting a large wedding on our beach. We hosted over 22 weddings this year.