Richard DeBlauw 1/19/1940 - 11/15/2021
Richard was born Jan. 19, 1940 in Redlands, California. As one of eight siblings, he spent his childhood working with family on a chicken ranch and in the orange groves.
He graduated from Redlands High School and entered the Forest Service where he fought several large forest fires.
He later started working for a construction company, then later at California Water and Telephone as a draftsman in the Engineering Department.
As his family grew, he went back into remodeling and construction in Los Angeles. Janie was his first child, then twins Dale and Duane were born.
He decided to move to Arroyo Grande in 1968 to work in construction with his brother Bill until later when each started his own separate construction company.
Richard's hobbies were traveling in his RV, riding motorcycles, and enjoying the outdoors. With his wife Carolyn, he is responsible for the construction of approximately 250 homes in the Arroyo Grande area as well as several commercial buildings and apartment complexes. He even built the Frontier Motel in San Luis Obispo in the early '70s. He worked in Arroyo Grande in construction until his retirement when his sons took over the business.
He honored the Lord with his profits and gains. He found joy in helping and giving to others.
Richard is survived by his daughter Janie Moore and her husband Jeff Moore; granddaughter Kristi and husband Mike Greenlee with great-grandchildren Elle, Hollyn and Mackson Greenlee; granddaughter Ashley Hook; grandson Tobin Hook. He is survived by son Dale DeBlauw; grandson Garrett DeBlauw and wife Lisa with great-grandchildren Emma Jane, Theo, and Lillie Ann; grandsons Taylen, Spencer, and Connor DeBlauw. He is survived by son Duane DeBlauw and wife Cheryl with grandchildren Tyler, Regan and Graham DeBlauw. He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn DeBlauw.
Celebration of Life for Richard DeBlauw
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2:00pm
Grace Bible Church 100 Rodeo Drive Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
A reception will immediately follow services in the Grace Bible Church, where a small meal will be served.
Donations may be made in his memory to The Gideon's International, c/o Camp San Luis Obispo, P.O. Box 578, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406. (Tax ID 61-1741071) The Gideon's International is an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are known for their work with hotels, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools, colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices.
The Gideons International C/O Camp San Luis Obispo
P.O. Box 578, San Luis Obispo CA 93406
Tax ID #61-1741071