Richard Larry Dyer

Richard Larry Dyer

October 03, 1928 - January 27, 2021
Laguna Niguel California

Richard Larry Dyer

October 03, 1928 - January 27, 2021
Laguna Niguel California


Richard Larry Dyer

Richard Larry Dyer, age 92, was called home by his Heavenly Father on January 27, 2021. He was born in Hollywood California on October 3, 1928. He attended Emerson Junior High School and graduated from University High. In 1949 he married Marie Louise Hilchey and raised their 5 children in Canoga Park.

He began his career as a precision aviation welder. After 12 years he decided to enroll in   night school at Pierce College in Canoga Park, earning a degree in ornamental horticulture and landscaping as well as art history.

After 14 years as a welder, Richard decided to take a leap of faith and started Dyer Brothers Landscape Maintenance with his brother Kenneth. In 1972, after several successful years he was hired on to work in a new career with the Orange County Parks Department, moving his family to Laguna Niguel.

This began the most satisfying career opportunity of his life. quickly moving up the ranks within the OC Parks system to become a supervising park ranger. His tenure included Miles Square Park, O’Neill Park, Laguna Niguel Park, and finishing his career at Dana Point Harbor.

He was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was known as Grandpa Dyer to all within the congregation, where he was also renowned for playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season.

He worked and traveled diligently on his family genealogical history search and completed 4 books on his family tree.  He was very artistic and was known for his wood carvings of Santa Claus.

In 2013 he met and fell in love with Eva Steinmeyer, they married on June 11, 2016 and lived together in Laguna Niguel until his passing. They enjoyed daily walks in the harbor and parties at the senior center. Every day was a great adventure.

He is survived by his wife Eva  Steinmeyer, his brother Kenneth D. Dyer, 2 sons: Richard Kevin Dyer and Nathan Carl Dyer, 2 daughters: Katherine Louise Wright and Kerrie Marie Finuf, 3 granddaughters: Teryn Louise Tatro, Tessa Marie Cross, and Kellie Marie Christensen, 5 great-grandsons: Caden Tatro, Chase Tatro,  Parker Tatro, Logan Cross, Carson Cross, 4 great-granddaughters: Alexis Tatro, Reese Tatro, Hallie Christensen, Sydnie, Christensen, 2 grandson-in-laws: Cobey Christensen, John Cross, and step-son: David Lewis. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years Marie Louise Dyer and his son Paul Rob Dyer.



Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: March 5, 2021 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints - Laguna Niguel
  • Location: 28291 Alicia Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 - (Get Directions)

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: March 5, 2021 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: El Toro Memorial Park
  • Location: 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-9102

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2 responses to Richard Larry Dyer

  1. I have such fond memories of the Dyer family. I met Katherine Dyer in 1967 and soon knew all her siblings and parents. Richard always made you laugh, a very funny, intelligent, artistic man. I remember trips to the art museums and drives to Hollywood Hills to check on Kat’s great aunt. Richard would pick Kat and I up at the mall or after dances. Many years later, when I was an adult, he told me he used to choke from the smell of cigarettes and Wicked Wahini perfume we wore to cover up the smoke. He never spoke of it back then, just rolled down his window and drove us around. Both Richard and Marie allowed a collection of animals on Kittridge, fox, tarantula, cats and dogs. His family loved and respected him for a life well lived. Good bye

  2. Pat Wright says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Richard. I was able to share many meals and holidays in his company over the years. While I did not have the pleasure of meeting Eva, I know how much she meant to him and was happy they were able to share their lives together. He cared deeply for his family and supported his children and grandchildren when they were in need. Like many others, I have several of his wonderful folkart Santa Claus that I enjoy and share at Christmas.

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