Richard (Dick) Oliver Dahlgren Jr. (81) died on July 9, 2019, of heart failure, surrounded by family at home in Boise.
Dick was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Los Angeles, the only son of Leatha Lorraine Perkins Dahlgren and Richard O. Dahlgren Sr. He attended schools in Fullerton, Calif., and San Jose State University. As an artist, writer, Realtor, conservationist, firefighter and ski patroller, Dick’s accomplishments are far reaching. He touched many with his activism and ability to tell those stories with passion. Dick’s 30 years in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., included being in the first group of professional ski patrollers at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He discovered fish in Rush Creek, which inspired an environmental battle against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over its illegal dewatering. Waters in several eastern Sierra streams now reach all the way to Mono Lake. His legendary fishing led him to found the Mammoth Flyrodders and explore many remote rivers throughout the West.
After moving to Ketchum, Idaho, in 1989, he continued environmental stewardship with efforts to save endangered salmon species. He retired from a real estate career and became a published writer as well as continued his lifelong art pursuits. He was respected for Kaleidoscope Rock ’n’ Roll posters, pen-and-ink drawings, occasional watercolors and his final paintings, which were oils. His home and studio for the last 25 years is on the banks of the Big Lost River.
Family, friends and mentees will miss Dick and his tremendous spirit. He often appeared larger than life with his hearty laugh, big heart and passion for adventure. He is survived by his wife, Julie Slocum Dahlgren (Mackay, Idaho, and Boise, Idaho); son, Erik Hans Dahlgren (Hollywood, Calif.) and daughters Heidi Dahlgren Lane (Park City, Utah) and Tess Elvira Dahlgren (Salt Lake City); and two grandchildren, Bridget Jean and Gretchen Dahlgren Lane (Park City, Utah).
Dick’s family will be holding a celebration of his life at Bar4D Ranch on the Big Lost River on Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite organization that supports fisheries and clean water.