Dicky Don (Dick) Biggs, 81, Passed March 21, 2018 in Camarillo, CA, his hometown for the past 58 years.
He is survived by Sondra Biggs, his loving wife and constant companion of nearly 63 years; daughter Deborah Biggs; Son Michael Biggs and his wife Kasey and their children Chase and Connor; Son Steven Biggs and his wife Jessica and their children Tyler and Colten.
Dick was born November 2, 1936 in Branch Arkansas in his childhood home just off the highway to parents Roy (Ted) Biggs and Ilatrene Biggs. Two years later Dick became an older brother to Jerry Biggs who would later marry Jackie Sue . Their children are Barbette, Susan, and Jeff.
Dick’s family moved several times during his childhood until settling in Santa Paula, Ca, living on the Limoneria Ranch. In later years Dick loved to share stories of his childhood living on the ranch where he enjoyed exploring, playing baseball and spending time with his many friends. Even then Dick’s easy going personality and smile resulted in an ability to put others at ease resulting in a broad range and number of people who considered him a friend.
As Dick aged these attributes solidified and were amplified by his genuiness, selflessness, and compassion for others. His interests expanded to include serious baseball, cars, being a sharp dresser and girls (not necessarily in that order!) while he also demonstrated a strong work ethic as well as a high level of integrity as he diligently lit smudge pots in the lemon orchards on the ranch before school and through the night as required.
Then Dick met the love of his life, Sondra, whom he married April 28, 1956. From that day he shared each day with her demonstrating a level of love, care and concern those with the privilege to witness will not easily forget. They moved to Camarillo in February 1960, where they purchased a house and made a loving home for their growing family.
Dick was an exemplary father. He demonstrated the same commitment to his children is many ways such as never missing a sporting event even if it meant using his lunch hour to do so or if he didn’t understand the sport, willingness to help in any way requested, and mostly, through the tender way he demonstrated his love for them each day. He was always their biggest and most devoted fan and the certainty of his love was absolute. Of special note was his unwavering love and devotion to Deborah. Dick along with Sondra have lovingly cared for her in their home since the day she was born, ensuring her every need was met and affording her every opportunity to pursue whatever mattered to her.
Dick’s love and support for others overflowed his immediate family and spread to any child who crossed his path. He was a fixture on baseball and softball diamonds , basketball courts, soccer fields, bowling alleys and Special Olympic events rooting for all players to do well and voicing support no matter the outcome. He touched dozens of young lives in a very indelible manner.
Dick demonstrated the same commitment during his over 35 year career in the grocery business. Whether at Santa Cruz Markets or Alpha Beta, Dick earned leadership positions as store or assistant store manager for his competence and dependability; but again it was his care and enthusiasm for others which made him a part of everyone’s shopping experience. If you shopped at his location you knew you would inevitably run into him and be greeted with his warm genuine smile. Locals say people went shopping in hopes they would see Dick just to brighten their day.
Faith was important to Dick. He regularly attended Camarillo Christian Church during his years in Camarillo. His actions and his unwavering belief in the goodness of others reflected the sincerity of his faith in Jesus Christ daily.
With Dick, what you saw is what you got... a remarkably positive individual with a genuine care for others. When asked how he was, his response was always “great” or “wonderful”, spoken with a huge smile one could see through the telephone. Dick made “friends” everywhere he went no matter the context. His ability to connect with others will forever be a cornerstone of his legacy. Everyone who met him was blessed through his spirit.
His life will be celebrated at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, CA, at 1:00 PM on Monday April 9th. Reception to immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dick’s honor to
The ARC Skyway Program, 5103 Walker Street, Ventura, CA 93003 or online at www.arcvc.org.