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1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
RICHARD "DICK" WRIGHT Richard "Dick" Ley Wright, 83, passed away August 17, 2018, in Indiana. He was born August 27, 1934, in Yakima, Washington to Richard W. and Margaret Wright. Dick graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in Washington in 1952. He married Judy Wright, his childhood sweetheart in 1954, enrolled in the U.S. Air Force and served as a Staff Sergeant in the USAF Band in Europe, earning several commendations. After his service, Dick and his growing family moved to New England where he received a professional diploma in arranging and composition from Berklee School of Music in Boston. He then taught at Berklee, performed and recorded in Boston area studios, mastering over 20 instruments. Dick and his family moved to Las Vegas in 1970 where he performed extensively on the Strip for many years. He taught music for the Clark County School District and the Nevada School of the Arts. In 2009, he moved to Indiana with his second wife, Lynda, who was also a professional musician, for "retirement" while continuing to gig and arrange music. Throughout his entire 83 years, Dick loved music above all else. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in passing by his wife, Lynda; and son, Gary Wright. Dick is survived by his sister, Nancy Lindenberg; brother, Jimmie Wright (Linda); his former wife, Judy Wright; children, Cheri Vetter (Kevin), Steven Wright (Erica), David Wright (Rosa), Sue Wright, Alan Wright (Karin); and 11 grandchildren. Memorial will be at noon, Saturday, September 22, at Suncoast Hotel & Casino, 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145. Fellow musicians are encouraged to bring instruments to take part in a jam session and musical tribute to Dick Wright - for his last gig. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dick's name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (themmf.org) or the Musicians' Union of L.V. Local 369 (www.musicians.vegas). Condolences may be sent to the Wright Family, 3336 Giliam Court, Las Vegas, NV, 89129.
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