Richard A. "Dick" Tarver, 89, passed away October 16, 2010, at Providence
St. Mary Medical Center following a brief illness.
Dick was born May 31, 1921, in Benton, Arkansas, to Ralph C. Tarver and Eula
Howard Tarver. Following graduation from Little Rock High School, he worked
for Missouri Pacific Railroad and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served
in the Navy Signal Corps in the South Pacific during World
War II. Seeing the South Pacific was a great adventure for a boy
Following discharge from the Navy, Dick began a career with
Bell Telephone Company in Tacoma, Washington. His first job
for Bell was that of many incoming employees: collecting coins
from pay phones. He retired in 1981 as District Manager in the
Walla Walla office after more than 30 years of service to Bell.
Dick had an excuse to pursue his own interest in horses when
he discovered that his daughter was horse crazy. He was a member
of the Walla Walla 59ers and rode on the original week-long
trail ride from Walla Walla to Joseph, Oregon. He also rode many
times on the week-long Chief Joseph Appaloosa trail ride.
Dick's interest in golf, however, eclipsed his interest in horses.
His best friends were those he made on golf courses in Western
Washington, Walla Walla, and his post-retirement travels in
Southern California and Arizona. Some of Dick's last conversations
involved golf, and his clubs were in his car on the day he died.
Physical fitness was important to Dick. At the time of his death,
he was an active member of the Ace of Clubs gym.
Dick is survived by his son, Michael Tarver of Phoenix, Arizona;
daughter, Susan Tarver of Walla Walla; sister, Betty Lewis of
Phoenix, Arizona; two granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.
A private family memorial service has been held.
Those who remember Dick are invited to attend a Celebration of Life
on November 6, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.
Private inurnment will be at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens in College Place.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at