Richard “Rick” Lair passed away in his home, on October 19th in Napa, CA at the age of 59.
Rick is survived by his mother, Audrey Lair; his wife Amy and his 5 children, Jacob, Gabriel, Nathaniel, Abigail and Benjamin; his brother Michael Lair and family and his brother Mark Lair and family. He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Lair and Ron’s wife Karen.
Rick was born on March 29, 1963 in Napa, CA to Ron and Audrey Lair. He grew up in Napa and graduated from Vintage High school in 1981. Being born and raised in Napa allowed Rick to make many lifelong friends that he has stayed close with and were even with him at his death. His mother, two brothers and their families all live in Napa as well, and Rick was grateful to be close and able to spend time with them. His dream as a young man was to be a Marine Aviator and he attended University of California, Davis and got a degree in Agricultural Economics in order to be accepted to the program. He was accepted and he graduated from Officer Candidate School, but for other reasons did not continue on in the military. He spent a year in Germany and worked as a Harley mechanic there. On returning to the US, he started his own Harley repair shop, PCH Harley, which he did for around year or two before working at Corey Delta construction driving the water/maintenance truck. It was at this point that he met Amy Kent at a church bible study. They married two years later and proceeded to have 5 children over the next 9 years. They were married for 24 years.
Rick worked many different jobs over the years. He was a visionary and always coming up with amazing ideas for work and projects. Rick was an accomplished mechanic and could fix almost anything because he was good at the theory. He would tell you, he wasn’t fast, but he could eventually figure it out. He loved making things useful that otherwise might be thrown out. But his most favorite thing was being with his church family and fellowshipping and worshiping God with them. Rick was a committed Christian and his faith in Jesus Christ was the overarching theme and priority in his life. He raised his children to know what God tells us in the Bible. He was blessed to have many communities to fellowship with, his own church, Covenant Reformed in Sacramento, Grace Church in Napa and our homeschool group, NVHE. He was so loved by his family and friends from every area of his life.
A funeral is scheduled for Nov. 3rd at 11am at Grace Church Napa, with the interment/reception immediately following at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. Pastor Frank Walker will officiate the ceremony and Pastor John Fernandez will officiate the interment. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rick’s life.