“Rick” Edward Pavlich passed away November 21, 2022 in Eureka. He
was born on September 17, 1935 to Albert and Ann Crnich Pavlich at
General Hospital. Rick was very proud to be of Croatian descent. He
attended St. Bernard’s Grammar School and graduated from Eureka
High School in the class of 1953. Rick attended and graduated from
the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of
the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Rick completed his formal education with a
law degree from Lincoln Law School in Sacramento. Rick proudly served
his nation as a United States Marine and member of the Army Reserves.
Rick practiced law for 35 years in Eureka with his lifelong best
friend and law partner Jeremiah R. Scott, Jr. at their firm of Scott,
Scott, and Pavlich.
In December 1992, Rick had a liver transplant and a second one 14 days later. He and his family have been blessed all these years by the donors.
He first love, beside his wife Linda, was hunting and fishing. He was very knowledgeable regarding all kinds of firearms, ammunition, and reloading. Friends would call upon him for advice. He was a member of oldest chartered duck club in California, which is now the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge. He had many good years duck and pheasant hunting at Cedarville and Tulelake with dear friends like John Morrison and Steve Cobine. Rick also hunted deer, pig and turkey in Humboldt County. He was a member of Trap & Skeet Club, Redwood Stumpers and the Elks.
Rick Pavlich was a kind soul and great friend to many. It was often said of him, “if you can’t get along with Rick Pavlich, you can’t get along with anyone.”
He is proceeded in death by his wife Linda, parents Albert and Ann Crnich Pavlich, his son Michael and Jeremiah R. Scott, Jr. He will be happy to be reunited with his tabby cat Sam, and labs Molly & Raven.
He is survived by daughters Julie Townsend (Bob) of Springfield, Miss., Megan Magness Sparks, of Nevada, granddaughter Ashley Townsend Powell (Noah), Great Grandson Atticus, Great Granddaughter Ember, stepson Shawn Johnson of Eugene, Oregon, sister-in-law Mary Scott and niece Catherine Scott of Eureka, and nephews McGregor Scott of El Dorado Hills, Calif. and Stuart Scott of San Juan Bautista, Calif.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Frye’s Care Home for the outstanding care Rick received in his final days. The family is also grateful for the many friends, neighbors and family members who helped Rick after Linda’s passing. In lieu of flowers, please become an organ donor and tell loved ones you love them often.
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