Dick was born on August 6, 1926 in Watts, California to Manuel Guillermo DeArmitt Contreras and Juniah Ruth Everest. In his late teens, he changed his last name from Contreras to DeArmitt in order to avoid discrimination when applying for jobs.
Dick served as a volunteer paratrooper in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division in Japan during World War II and received an honorable discharge. He then attended El Camino Junior College where he had a very successful football career on the Varsity Football Team in 1947-48, winning All Metropolitan Honors and having a career record punt of 63 yards.
He met his wife and sweetheart, Loradelle Jean Almond, while at El Camino Junior College. They were married in their church on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA. They are parents of three children, Richard “Rick”, Michelle (Havens) and Debra “Deby”. They raised their family and served the community of Torrance, CA for 26 years while residing at their home on 5102 Pacific Coast Highway. They also raised Guide Dogs for the blind, had pet skunks and a vibrant garden and trees, including enormous prize winning blackberries.
In Sept. 1954, after completing his degree at El Camino, he joined the Torrance Fire Department at 1701 Crenshaw Blvd. and served there for 30 years, including many years as the President of the Fire Fighters Union Local 1138.
After 53 years in Southern California, Dick retired in 1979 as Battalion Chief and Captain of the Torrance Fire Department and moved to Beaver, UT with Loradelle and his daughter Deby. His daughter Michelle and her husband and children also moved to Beaver near that time. Family was very important to Dick and he did everything he could for them. Dick was a happy person who always tried to lift those around him.
Dick came to Beaver to retire, but he ended up serving his adopted community in a more than full time capacity for the last 35 years. His legacy of service and love inspired everyone to do more and be better. He started many programs for youth including T-Ball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Freshman Football, and Men's & Women’s Softball. Many remember him umpiring and refereeing thousands of games. He was instrumental in the Beaver Youth Basketball program.
Dick served on the Beaver Fire Department Board. Working with his past Fire Department in Torrance, CA, he procured many used fire engines and other fire fighting equipment for Beaver County at little or no cost. He would personally go to CA and drive the engines back to Beaver, taking with him coolers full of Cache Valley Cheese made at the Beaver facility as a thank you gift.
Dick served as a member of the Beaver County School Board from 1997-2000 and as President from 2001-2004. He was also a delegate at the National School Board Association in New Orleans.
In addition to umpiring and refereeing, he spent countless hours prepping the fields for baseball and football games. He loved to travel with the Beaver High Football team and take stats. In 2008, the Beaver City Little League fields were named “DeArmitt Fields” to honor his service to community. If you wanted to find grandpa, look for him at the game. He never missed a game.
Dick’s countless hours of service and support to the sports programs at Beaver High School led to him receiving the Utah High School Activities Association “Super Fan” Award in 2012.
He was also an active member of the Beaver Lion’s Club and Beaver County Thoroughbred Association (Canyon Breeze Training Center). He was heavily involved with Beaver Senior Citizens and enjoyed his friendships and meals there.
Dick was a member of Beaver City Library Board and donated thousands of books.
Dick lived a life full of service to God, his family and his community. His faith in Jesus Christ guided his daily actions. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Preceded in death by: His wife, Loradelle Jean Almond, daughter Debra L. DeArmitt and granddaughter Natalie Alise Havens, His parents, Manuel Guillermo De Armitt Contreras and Juniah Ruth Everest and siblings Robert Manuel, Donald Felix, Rose Lorraine, and John (Jack) Contreras.
He is survived by his son Richard “Rick”(Lee Davies) DeArmitt , their children Chad Hackney (Melissa) and Jessica DeArmitt, and great grandchildren, Izaac Hackney and Sienna Hackney of New South Wales, Australia; his daughter Michelle Jean (Cary) Havens of West Valley City, UT and their children, Angela (Michael Davidson), Casey, Travis (Shannon Bailey) and great grand children Parker Havens, Gabrielle Havens, Michael Jasper Davidson and Henry Richard Davidson.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Beaver LDS Stake Center on 1380 East 200 North, Beaver, Utah, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.