Richard Langton: 1932 - 2013
Richard Langton, a 54-year resident of Three Rivers, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 81.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers.
Dick was born January 31, 1932, to Ernie and Mable Langton in Waterville, Wash. He was the oldest of four children.
When Dick was a young boy, the family moved to Fresno, where he attended the local schools. When he was 18, Dick was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Korea as a demolition engineer.
Upon his discharge, he moved back to the Fresno area where he attended barber school. After becoming a barber, he moved to Mariposa.
In 1956, he married Yvonne Simonich of Tulare. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Tulare.
In 1959, the couple relocated to Three Rivers. Dick opened a barbershop in town, operating it for about eight years. He said that when long hair became popular for men, he closed shop.
Dick then started a business doing landscaping, general maintenance, and pump and river well work.
He loved the mountains, and his spare time was spent backpacking, camping, and fishing. The highlight of his fishing adventures was a trip to Alaska with his sons.
After retirement Dick enjoyed spending his time at Shaver Lake in Fresno County.
Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne Langton of Three Rivers; daughter Elaine Garrett of Visalia; son David Langton of Three Rivers; daughter Denyse and husband Chris Henderson of Clovis; son John Langton and wife Kathy of Tulare; and six grandchildren.