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February 27, 2024

Obituary: Richard A. Devaughn (1945-2018)

Richard Adamson DeVaughn, 73, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on June 12, 2018, in Hollister, California, following a brief illness.

Born in Childersburg, Alabama, on May 23, 1945 to his parents, Robert and Irma DeVaughn, Richard enjoyed a happy childhood spent with his cousins and extended family in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. He attended school in Memphis, TN, graduating from Overton High School. Richard briefly attended college before enrolling in the Navy and serving 6 years as a sonar technician on the USS Whale (SSN-638), the first nuclear submarine to break through the polar icecap. Following his time in the military, Richard traveled to visit friends in the northern California coastal town of Arcata where he met his future wife, Marilyn. They were married in 1976 and Richard immediately embraced a full family life with Marilyn and her two young children, Marten and Ellen.

Richard worked for Unisys as a computer technician for 30 years in Eureka and the San Francisco Bay Area before retiring and moving to Hollister, California. Throughout the years, Richard and Marilyn enjoyed many wonderful vacations with family and friends to many places including the Caribbean, Tahiti, Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. A recent trip by train through the Canadian Rockies with Marilyn was a particular favorite.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Irma DeVaughn of Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Marilyn Marten DeVaughn of Hollister, CA, his stepson, Marten Bradley of Lompico, CA, his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Lawrence Brown of Seaside, CA, and his grandchildren, Miles and Nicholas Brown. He is also survived by his aunt Juanita Crews of LaGrange, Georgia, his uncle and aunt Bill and Shirley Adamson, of Oxford, Mississippi, in addition to several cousins and close friends.

Donations are preferred to a favorite charity in Richard’s name.

A memorial service will be held at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home in Hollister on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 AM.

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Courtesy of Black-Cooper-Sander Funeral Home