Richard (Dick) Minor
date of birth June 19 1949
date of death July 16 2012
Richard Dennis “Dick” Minor June 19, 1949- July 16, 2012. Dick passed away surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born in Portland to James and Marjorie Minor and grew up in Lake Oswego. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake, Jesuit High School, and Santa Clara University, with an MS in electrical engineering. He then earned an MBA from UCLA and was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Award.
Upon graduation from college, he set off alone on a 10,000 mile bicycle trek touching all four corners of the lower 48 states. Dick was an avid pilot and was instrument rated. He was a proficient photographer, and his 1970 Vortex I pictures were published in The Oregonian and featured in the OPB Oregon Experience documentary, Vortex.
Dick married the love of his life, Jean, in 1987 and was devoted to his family, his community, and the Boy Scout program. Dick served for many years as a leader of Troop #520 of Newberg; was involved with the scout program for 15 years; and was thrilled to see his son, Danny, receive the Eagle Scout Award, just as Dick himself had received the Eagle badge years before.
Dick was a senior software engineer for dvsAnalytics for the last 17 years; and was instrumental in the design and development of the company's flagship product, Encore. He was a mentor and role model for the other software engineers and brought to the organization a wealth of knowledge and experience. He will be missed not only as a valued and loyal employee, but as a friend. Previously, Dick was one of a small group of software engineers who developed the programming for the first automatic teller machines serving banks up and down the West Coast. He also owned his own software company, Comprog.
Dick is survived by his beloved family: his wife, Jean, his two daughters Megan and Colleen, and his son, Danny, all of Newberg. He is also survived by his 4 brothers, Chris (Mary), Tim (Melinda), Bob (Cate), and Rusty (Donna), and his sister, Nancy, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Dick was well known for his love of life, community service, and appreciation of family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America. Online condolences at Crown – Tualatin, www.ANewTradition.com.
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Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Craig Friedrich Dick - I will always remember the adventures (especially "Echo Island"), laughs, projects, and get-togethers we shared over the years. Losing you is hard; A good friend and stand-up man is hard to find and harder to loose. I'll never eat a cookie without thinking about you and all the great times we had.
Candle lit by Ted Kaye Dick and I were co-workers at Wygant (and beyond) for over a dozen years. He formed part of the solid core of the engineering team, while I was the CFO. His work on developing and improving Encore, Wygant’s digital voice logging application, created the basis of the company’s value, leading to its merger with TeleDirect (now DVS Analytics). His passion for liberal politics, his enthusiasm for his kids’ school and sports accomplishments, and his dedication to his craft of software engineering—all made big impressions on those around him, including me. We will miss his mix of seriousness and humor. I'm sorry I will be out of town for the memorial service.
Candle lit by dvsAnalytics No one soul is the same, that is our human gift. Our holy blessing is in knowing that it will continue on in our hearts, in our home and in our family & children. You will be missed Dick. - dvsAnalytics, Inc.
Candle lit by Chris Dickey I was also a software engineer at Wygant Scientific, and Dick deeply impressed me with his knowledge and attention to detail. It was amazing how he could write and modify complex systems. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.
Candle lit by Beach Development We at Beach Development would like to give the family of Dick Minor our sincere condolences. Terry, Molly, Nancy and Renee