Richard Gordon Daly, born April 13, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Elsie Snyder Daly and John Joseph Daly III. Died March 8, 2023, in Eureka.

Richard graduated from the University of Utah with a law degree. He worked as counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington D.C., Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles. Later he would enter private practice in Los Angeles before coming to Humboldt County to open his own law firm, where he worked until retirement in 2018.

Richard was a gentleman and a scholar with a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed entertaining friends and family at parties and was known as the family mixologist when it came to cocktails. He even had a special Martini known as the “Richard’s Martini” he would serve to special guests. He was always present at his grandchildren’s sporting events and ballet performances. He enjoyed traveling with friends and family, however, poor health the past few years made travel difficult. His children and grandchildren were always loved and a source of pride for him.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, John and Elsie Daly, his brother Jay Daly, his sister June Updegraff, granddaughter Chloe Daly, niece Sharon Daly Fitzgerald, special aunt Ruth Snyder Mundorf and his in-laws, Kenneth and Evelyn Johnson.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marsha K. Daly. His sons, Brett Daly and Douglas Daly (Holly). His stepchildren, Kelly Buckman and Kenneth Kurwitz (Dawnell). His grandchildren, Harrison Daly, Alex Daly, Calvin Daly, Sabien Daly, Finnigan Daly, BrendenMcDonald (Jodi), Ryan McDonald (Samantha), Isabella Buckman, Nathan Kurwitz, Kate Kurwitz, and Jake Kurwitz and his great-granddaughter, Sawyer Lin McDonald. His brother-in-law, Edward Updegraff (Annette). His nephews Garr, Greg and Scott and his niece Dr. Susan Daly Fitzgerald and husband Jay Field.

Special thanks to Joan Nilsen and Nita Vallerga for love, visits and care and to Granada Rehabilitation.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to North Coast Dance, a community where Richard had always been a dear friend and supporter, 425 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501 or contributions may be made in Richard’s name to Ferndale High Athletics,1231 Main Street, Ferndale, CA 95536 where his grandchildren participate.

A celebration of life will be held later in the year.


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