In Memory

Richard "Rich" Leep - Class Of 1965

Richard W. Leep (74) was born March 21, 1947, in Tillamook, Oregon to Richard and Clarinda Leep. He passed away on December 11, 2021, at Avalon Care Center. He lived in many places during his younger years, including OR, MT, NJ, SC, TX, and finally landed in Los Alamos, New Mexico where he graduated from High School in 1965. That summer he met his future wife, Debbie Kerr, and they were married on January 28, 1968. They both continued their education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and graduated in 1970. The family then moved to Wallace, Idaho, where Rich began his first job with Hecla Mining Company as a geologist. He worked on several projects for Hecla in Alaska, NE Washington, Utah, Nevada, Canada, and Idaho. In 1991, Rich went to work for Echo Bay Minerals (Now Kinross Gold) in Republic, Washington as a Senior Mine Geologist. He retired in 2009 and later moved to Spokane with Debbie to enjoy their retirement. Rich enjoyed many activities including fishing, hiking, boating, reading, traveling in their RV, and taking extended cruises around the world. With each new adventure, Rich was sure to make new friends. He was an avid follower of the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Seattle Seahawks.

Rich is survived by his wife of 53 years, Debbie, and their three children Randy (Linda) Leep, Nikki (Darryl) Burgess, and Robin Leep. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and his sisters Teri Leep and Suzanne Lublin. Much like the rare minerals he sought out, he was a unique gem that will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life for Rich will take place in the spring for his family and friends.