Richard Paul Dimmitt was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Southgate. He was the brother to 3 boys and 3 girls.
As a young adult and a single parent, Dick joined the army. Shortly thereafter, Dick found himself in love with a girl full of smiles and adventure, Denise McKernan. They eloped in 1957 and went on to have 2 more daughters and a son.
Dick was a dedicated husband and father. At times he worked up to 3 jobs to support his family. One at Standard Oil, one at Vernon Fire Department, and one job pouring cement.
Upon retiring, Dick became a fireman at Disneyland in Anaheim, where he oversaw the electrical mechanics. You can thank him for the safety of all those firework shows! He quit working for Mickey Mouse in 2008.
When Dick was diagnosed with diabetes, he was very discouraged about the new routines of testing his blood sugar, taking insulin shots and managing his diet. But he tackled the challenge well. In no time at all, he had the disease under control. He would return from his doctor’s appointments and proudly report his excellent A1c numbers.
Despite having diabetes, Dick continued to be an active grandfather to his 10 grandchildren. He especially loved watching his grandchildren excel at their endeavors. He loved attending high school basketball games and football games. He was ecstatic when his grandson became a professional NFL player!
Recently, Dick met Odetta, a diabetic service dog from Dogs4Diabetics, and was surprised at her ability to alert him to a dropping blood sugar. “My blood sugar is fine,” he kept insisting. Minutes later, he felt light headed and needed to eat. “That dog is a lifesaver. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t experienced it!”
Dick loved dogs, and was amazed by what Odetta could do for Kathy, her diabetic owner. He was moved by the ability of these service dogs to save lives. “It’s just incredible what that dog can do,” he would say.
In honor of the life of Richard Dimmitt, his love for dogs and his great admiration for this organization, it would be greatly appreciated if you would consider donating to Dogs4Diabetics.
The Dimmitt Family
How to contribute to the Dick Dimmitt Memorial Fund:
We are honored that Dick’s family has graciously asked that donations be made to Dogs4Diabetics in his honor. Your contributions will help a diabetic receive a life-saving dog at no charge.
For more information about Dogs4Diabetics, please watch our video that explains the many benefits of having a diabetic service dog.
To make an online donation:
To donate online click here.
Or to donate by mail:
To donate by mail, please send your check to:
Dogs for Diabetics, Inc.
1647 Willow Pass Road, #157
Concord, CA 94520-2611
*Please indicate the donation is in honor of Dick Dimmitt.
D4D is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, chartered in California. All donations are tax-deductible. Dogs4Diabetics Federal Identification Number is 20-2250869.