Birthdate: February 23, 1933 URS date: July 5th, 2016
Richard Warren Graham was born Feb. 23, 1933 in North Hollywood, Calif. to a family in the film industry. He died of a terminal lung disease July 5, 2016 at home in Willits. He and his wife Maggie of 55 years moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and built an off the grid home on 2nd Gate Rd. They moved into downtown Willits in October of 2011.
Many will remember Dick as the proprietor of the Harvest Bounty Natural Food Store where he cooked in the lunch counter. He later ran down-sized versions of Harvest Bounty in the Willits Country Mall. Dick was an avid folk dancer and his chief focus in life was music, from Pete Seeger to Willie Nelson, ethnic folk music to classical. He spent his last years learning the ukulele. Dick took a BA degree in motion picture production from UCLA and was in movies as a child. He had been in the Army and became a photographer, taking head shots for the Willits Community Theater as well as acting, directing and being on the artistic direction committee. He served on the boards of Friends of the Willits Library, Ecology Action and later, briefly on the boards of the Senior Center and the Grange. Dick also delivered Meals on Wheels and scraped dishes in the Senior Center dining room.
Others also know Dick in his other manifestation as Sufi teacher and zikr leader. His deep spiritual practice kept him firmly on the path of love and service.
The Grahams have one son, Michael who was with his mother and father when Dick slipped quietly into death after a family dinner. Michael lives in Ohio with his wife Susan and their two daughters, Ava and Charlotte.
A “Remembering Dick” event will be held in the Grange Great Hall on Sunday, July 31, 3 to 5 p.m. Please bring your memories of Dick to share and if you care to, you may bring finger foods to share as well.