Richard Preston Emerick died March 19, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born in Madera to Preston and Margaret, grew up in Coarsegold, and returned to the Mountain Area in the mid 1980s.
He served in the U.S. Navy, and worked as a heavy equipment operator for Cal Fire.
Mr. Emerick enjoyed raising sheep for 4-H.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou; his daughter, Kay; and his parents.
He is survived by his children, Steven and wife Barbara of Paradise, Joni Rhoads and husband Michael of Raymond, and Mark and Katherine of Coarsegold; and grandchildren Katy Berry-Barnes, Andrew, Kyle, Kristen and Ryan Emerick.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., April 4, at Oakhill Cemetery.