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David Lee Richards

David Lee Richards Age 65, of Placitas, NM, passed away Monday, November 12, 2012 after an unexpected illness.

David Lee Richards

He was born on June 17, 1947 in Butler, PA, and grew up in Peoria, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Ruth (Casper) Richards.

David is survived by his son, Coady Lennon Richards; his love and son's mother Denise Coady; sister, Trudy (Richards) Stoner and husband David; brother Robert J. Richards Jr.; four nephews; and many friends who loved him dearly.

David was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He was the recipient of two bronze stars for his heroism and meritorious service during combat. In recognition of the wounds he sustained in combat, David also received two purple hearts.

David was well-loved and recognized in the Placitas community where he lived since 1970. He was well-known for his kindness and generosity to those in need.

David was a co-founder and original member of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department. David was also a great advocate for the wild horses of Placitas, and he spoke of them often. He would always look forward to sightings of the horses that still roam free on the Placitas hillsides.

A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 1420 South Camino Del Pueblo #A, Bernalillo, NM, 87004. Please bring good stories and photos to share, and instruments to play.

Contact at: In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in David's honor to: Casa Rosa Food Bank, P.O.Box 768, Placitas, NM 87043.

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