Richard Irvin “Dick” Reese

Richard Irvin “Dick” Reese passed away Jan. 18, 2020, in Parker, Colo. Many will remember Dick and his loyal dog, Grub, hanging around Crow Hill. As a resident of Bailey, Colo., Dick spent many years on the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, first as a firefighter, and then as a dispatcher. He taught many firefighters how to open Fire Base and run incident calls, relieving the PSAP in Fairplay. Dick was also an ambulance driver for Platte Canyon Rescue prior to their merger with the fire department. Most recently he drove for senior citizens in the Bailey area. Over the years, he made thousands of trips “down the mountain” to the Denver-Metro area helping others in their time of need. Dick owned the map store on top of Crow Hill until it closed in the late 90s.  His passion for photography led him to explore Colorado, Yellowstone, the Tetons, and Lake Powell. One of his Lake Powell photos made it on a Utah tourism website for a while.

Dick was 78 years old, and is survived by his children, Donna Hendrix (Richard); Owen Reese (Virginia); Carol Burk (Brian); Karen Trent; and Patrick Reese; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and dear friends.

A private memorial service will be held with his family.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and his father, Charles Reese.